Kelly, McAllister trial updates
Pretrial hearings delayed…again
STANDISH — Former Standish City Manager Tori Kelly appeared briefly for a pretrial hearing in 81st District Court on Feb. 23. Kelly and her lawyers requested more time to retrieve information from a computer “main frame”; Kelly was granted the time after consultation between Judge Alan Yenior and the prosecutor. Kelly is now scheduled to appear March 30 at 9 a.m. for pretrial.
Former Standish City Treasurer Melissa McAllister also appeared briefly in 81st District Court and after short conversation with Judge Yenior and the prosecution, it was decided McAllister be scheduled for final pretrial on April 13, with April 16 set as the date to begin jury trial.
Kelly, who had been employed by the city since 2001, is facing four felony charges of embezzlement and a misdemeanor charge of willful neglect of duty as Standish City Manager. McAllister was a city employee since 2002 and is only facing the charge of willful neglect of duty.
Kelly and McAllister were officially fired by Standish City Council in October and prior to that, in May of last year, were suspended with pay. Their actions were brought to light at a city council meeting the same day they were fired – Oct. 8 – by Labor and Employment Attorney Elizabeth Peters. Peters’ presentation to city council included e-mail records and instances of tax dollar misappropriations made by the two former employees.