E-T Staff Report

Just days before an injunction hearing pitting Chief Appraiser Jerry Lee against Erath County Appraisal District board member Katherine Prater and former board member Neal Guthrie was to be heard in the 266th Judicial District Court, the trial was canceled.

According to Houston-based attorney Robert Mott, who represents the ECAD board, the hearing was canceled by the request of Lee’s attorney. Mott said Dallas-based Wm. Charles Bundren, who represents Lee, has requested to cancel the injunction hearing. He also said the issue is likely to be a mute point for the plaintiff since Guthrie has been replaced by Les Gandy on the appraisal board of directors. Mott said he is not sure if Bundren filed a motion to withdraw the case with the district clerk’s office, but expected the motion to come at any time.