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Van Alstyne man accused of throwing nails in trooper's driveway awaits trial


VAN ALSTYNE -- A Van Alstyne man denies claims he threw nails in the driveway of a home owned by a law enforcement officer and he says he wants to prove it in court.

The attorney for Rory Hogenson says the trooper arrested Hogenson for DWI in 2011.

He has since pleaded guilty but says he did not commit the more serious crimes of which he's now accused.

Rory Hogenson is accused of stalking and retaliation against a Texas state trooper, charges his attorney Matt Hamilton disputes.

"For some reason, they started targeting my client," Hamilton said.

Hamilton says a surveillance camera was installed above the street in front of the trooper's home when nails began showing up in his driveway in 2012.

He says days of DVD recordings show plenty of people passing by, including Hogenson, who was arrested in May 2013.

"It's been a complete shake up for him," Hamilton said.

But now, the Van Alstyne police officer who arrested and investigated the case is no longer with department.

In fact, he's no longer in the United States and Hamilton says his absence is holding up Hogenson's case.

"Mr. Hogenson is being accused. He can't get a job. He can't apply for any places because he has a felony obstruction and stalking case hanging over his head," Hamilton said.

The Van Alsytne Police Department says the officer quit on good terms. We're told he's now in Haiti working a security job for a private contractor.

Hamilton says that's caused three trial dates for Hogenson to be postponed.

But Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown says delays in court cases are common.

"He has to wait in line just like everybody else, and this is what happens when you commit a crime. It's part of the process and he's not waiting much longer than anybody else," Brown said.

Brown says the former officer is a necessary witness in their case and that his office has been in contact with him mostly through email.

"He's working on trying to get here and so this case may not be at the top of his priority list for his employer," Brown said.

Brown says his office is trying to coordinate schedules with the former officer to figure out a time he can return to the U.S. to testify.

Until then, Hamilton says his clients' livelihood is on the line as he waits for his day in court.

Hogenson's most recent trial date was Monday.

Hamilton says the judge gave prosecutors nine days to set a new trial date.

The DA's office says that date will likely be set for the spring.