You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Federal court dismisses lawsuit related to Kyle police chief’s affair

The dismissal ends a legal fight waged by a man whose marriage ended after his wife’s affair with Jeff Barnett…

The ruling states that Glen Hurlston showed no evidence that Barnett orchestrated Hurlston’s arrest.

A federal appeals court has dismissed a civil suit filed against the city of Kyle and its police Chief Jeff Barnett, ending a legal battle waged by a man whose marriage ended after his wife had an affair and a child with Barnett.

The lawsuit and other intrigue surrounding Barnett’s multi-year affair with the Suzanne Hurlston, Glen Hurlston’s ex-wife, has plagued the city and its small police force since the suit was first filed in 2014. In the lawsuit, Glen Hurlston alleged that Barnett and another officer in Princeton, Texas, worked to improperly arrest him in connection with an assault against his ex-wife.

The ruling affirmed a previous Texas district court ruling in dismissing the suit. It states that Hurlston showed no evidence that Barnett orchestrated Hurlston’s arrest after he violated a protective order.

Beyond the civil suit, Barnett’s affair also indirectly contributed to the firing of Jesse Espinoza, a Kyle police sergeant and former leader of the Kyle Police Department’s union. Officials determined that Espinoza violated a department order to report any contacts with Hurlston.

Kyle Mayor Todd Webster welcomed the ruling.

“The ruling by the appellate court confirms the City’s position that the case was malicious, frivolous and unsupported,” he said. “It is our hope that with this ruling, we can move past this issue and continue with all the good work we’re doing in the City of Kyle.”

For years, Barnett had a relationship with Hurlston’s estranged wife that began in 2006 when he was police chief in Princeton. He fathered a child with Suzanne Hurlston in 2011 while she remained married to Glen Hurlston.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Rick Perry chimes in on A&M student election; social media reacts
Rick Perry chimes in on A&M student election; social media reacts

Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and current U.S. energy secretary, questioned the legitimacy of Texas A&M’s student elections in an opinion piece published Wednesday in the Houston Chronicle. Perry wrote that his alma mater’s disqualification of former student body president candidate Robert McIntosh, who garnered the most votes...
Conservation nonprofit breaking new ground in education
Conservation nonprofit breaking new ground in education

R. Brent Lyles has been in environmental education his whole career, from the time he taught seventh-grade science in a poor, rural county in North Carolina to today as executive director of the Colorado River Alliance. The nonprofit is tasked with advocating for the Colorado River, the source of Austin’s water and an economic engine of Central...
Community news: First ‘CodeTalk’ on Wednesday about environment

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN First ‘CodeTalk’ on environment The city of Austin will hold its first of five “CodeTalk” sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. CodeTalks are topic-based information sessions open to the general public but tailored to those who have profound interests in specific...
Austin board to vote on land parcels, preview revised facilities plan
Austin board to vote on land parcels, preview revised facilities plan

The Austin school board on Monday night is expected to approve the purchase of three land parcels for the expansion of Bowie High School and a future high school in Southeast Austin. Trustees will consider two smaller tracts next to the overcapacity Bowie High School that would go toward a multimillion-dollar expansion and modernization of the school...
Mulling Trump, trains and Lone Star while waiting on MoPac to open

I’ve got questions … What, for instance, does the president really think about trains? Some transit supporters, perhaps creatively looking for silver linings, speculated shortly after Nov. 8 that Donald Trump, having spent his life surrounded by New York subways and commuter trains, might be into locomotion. Can you really picture the...
More Stories