Jack's Tavern

The parking lot outside Jack's Tavern was the site of a fatal beating in February 2018. 

James Auxier’s attorney says his murder trial will be rescheduled.

Rick Hagen, the attorney representing Auxier, who is accused of killing Kenneth George, said Friday that District Judge Sherry Shipman will set a new date for the trial’s start within 90 days of Monday.

His client is the second person to be tried for murder in the Feb. 20, 2018, attack on George that authorities say caused his death four days later. In October, Leonardo Villarreal was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 15 years in Texas prison.

James Auxier

James Auxier

Both men were originally indicted on murder charges. Auxier’s trial, initially scheduled to begin Monday morning, was continued and will get a new start date in the weeks ahead. Hagan said Friday that Judge Shipman, of the 16th District Court, had not yet scheduled the new start.

Denton police allege Auxier and Villarreal beat George in the parking lot of Jack’s Tavern so badly he died four days later at Medical City Denton. So far, prosecutors have been unable to prove whether Auxier’s or Villarreal’s blows killed the 58-year-old.


DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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