First Hearing Held for TYC Defendants

MONAHANS - The trial for two former Texas Youth Commission administrators will be moving to Ector County.

That was decided at a hearing this afternoon at the Ward County Courthouse after the defense asked for a change of venue.

A pre-trial hearing for Ray Brookins will be on November 16th.  His trial will start December 15th. The trial for John Paul Hernandez will be put on the back burner until Brookins' trial is over.

The defense also has asked the judge to tour the youth prison in Pyote where the two worked.

Both men are accused of sexually abusing inmates at the facility. Their cases have been stalled since their indictments two years ago.

The case has gained nationwide attention and has sparked numerous changes within the Texas Youth Commission.