Brookshire Mayor Joey Vaughn has made an initial court appearance in 155th District Court on felony assault charges.
Vaughn and Jessica Vaughn, also known as Jessica Chavez, were both indicted in April on felony charges they assaulted a police officer who had been called to quell a loud party in Brookshire last October.
Both were indicted on charges of assaulting a public servant, a third-degree felony.
Vaughn and Chavez’ brother, Jim Chavez were also charged with interfering with a police officer, a misdemeanor.
Jessica Chavez-Vaughn has been described in various documents as the mayor’s ex-wife, current wife and common-law wife. Neither has ever publicly clarified the precise nature of their relationship.
Both have entered “not guilty” pleas to the felony assault charges.
District Judge Dan Beck set a Dec. 9 pre-trial hearing, along with trial date of Jan. 10.
According to details released by the Waller County District Attorney’s Office at the time of the indictment, Vaughn was working as a DJ at a private party in Brookshire when police arrived to investigate a loud noise complaint. When an officer attempted to arrest one of the party-goers, Vaughn and the Chavezes reportedly intervened, shoving the police officer in an apparent attempt to prevent him from making the arrest.
Although Vaughn and the Chavezes were not arrested at the time, a report of the incident was forwarded to the district attorney’s office and later presented to the grand jury.
If convicted on the felony charges, Vaughn could face a sentence of two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.