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.