He said a pretrial hearing scheduled April 26 in 115th District Court was not held, since he waived arraignment. Ambrose, who is represented by Longview attorney Clifton (Scrappy) Holmes, said he was uncertain when the next court date is.
Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd, who procured the indictments against Ambrose March 2, was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
Diane Devasto, a Tyler attorney and former state district judge, has been assigned as judge in the cases, since 115th District Judge Lauren Parish recused herself..
Ambrose, 64, of Gilmer, is charged with misappropriaton of fiduciary/finance property of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 and with theft of property greater than $1,500 but less than $20,000.
Members of the county Republican Executive Committee recently approved by voice vote a resolution asking Ambrose to resign and make restitution of more than $6,000 in funds, but he has said he will not step down.
The controversy involves Ambrose’s use of funds in the party’s account for primary election expenses. He has defended his actions, saying he paid an attorney “to make sure an election was run properly.”
He has also alleged that one of the executive committee members who has led the movement against him, Glenn Leach, does not live in Upshur County.
Leach says he does.