Judge Kocurek appears in court to see her accused attacker


State District Judge Julie Kocurek appeared in court Monday morning to see the man linked to her November 2015 murder attempt.

Kocurek, accompanied by her family, stared for several moments at Chimene Onyeri as she entered the courtroom. Authorities believe Onyeri wanted Kocurek dead because she was prepared to send him to prison on a probation violation.

Kocurek did not speak at the proceeding and was unavailable for comment afterward.

Lawyers for both sides met for the final time to go over housekeeping matters ahead of the March 26 trial. They were encouraged by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel to trim down on matters in hopes of finishing the trial inside of six weeks.

Earlier: The man accused of attempting to kill Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek will appear in court Monday morning for the last time before his trial begins later this month.

Chimene Onyeri is due in federal court at 9:30 a.m. to clear up any pretrial matters.

Onyeri was in court last month to ask U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel to toss out cell phone evidence that prosecutors said linked Onyeri to an attempted assassination of Kocurek in November 2015. Yeakel denied the motion, saying the traffic stop where investigators seized Onyeri’s cell phone was lawful.

A 17-count indictment charges Onyeri with attempted murder, racketeering, mail fraud, identity theft and wire fraud. His trial is slated to start on March 26 and could last two months.

This is a developing story; check back for details.



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