Former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, who is facing criminal charges, has filed a campaign fundraising report that shows he plans to run for sheriff again in 2024.
Chody could not be reached for comment. His wife, Beverly Chody, who is listed as his treasurer in the report, did not respond to a request for comment.
Chody lost his 2020 re-election bid in November to Michael Gleason. On Wednesday, he dropped a lawsuit against Gleason that claimed last year’s election was fraudulent.
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Chody filed a campaign fundraising report on July 9 in Williamson County. He wrote on it that he was running for sheriff in the Republican primary on March 5, 2024.Chody can only officially run for office about four months before the election, said Chris Davis, Williamson County Election Officer.
Chody has already spent $ 569.34 which he loaned himself for his campaign, according to the report. He said part of the money was paid for campaign accounting services and Taco Cabana food. He also said he did not receive any campaign contributions between January 1 and June 30.
Chody was indicted in Travis County for tampering with evidence in the Javier Ambler II case.He had previously been indicted on the same charge in Williamson County, but a judge dismissed it on June 3, which is common when a defendant faces similar charges in two jurisdictions.
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The charge involves the destruction of footage from reality TV shows that showed MPs chasing and using force against Ambler, a black man who died in custody in 2019.
Chody has denied the charge – a third degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 10,000 – and charged prosecutors with collusion in a politically fueled conspiracy to pursue him falsely.
Williamson County faces 14 legal claims pending Chody’s four-year tenure from 2016 to 2020.
Several of them focus on allegations of excessive force and questionable tactics of the department’s lead role on the now-defunct reality TV show “Live PD”.