Suspects accused of conspiring to kill Judge Kocurek will stand trial in 2017

Marcellus Burgin, left, and Chimene Onyeri (Jail Photos)
Marcellus Burgin, left, and Chimene Onyeri (Jail Photos)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The three men accused of plotting to kill Travis County Judge Julie Kocurek will go to trial next year. Federal Judge Lee Yaekkel set the trial date for Chimene Onyeri, Marcellus Burgin and Rasul Scott for Oct. 10, 2017.

Kocurek was hit by shrapnel when someone shot at her outside her home in November 2015. She recalls rapid gunfire and the sound of shattered glass bursting through the windshield.

Before the the shooting, Onyeri was wanted in Travis County for violating his probation in connection to a case in Kocurek’s courtroom. Authorities say the trio was operating a multi-level fraud and racketeering scheme involving mail fraud, bribery of a public official, wire fraud, document fraud, access device fraud and money laundering as well as offenses involving murder.

The indictment says Onyeri and his co-conspirators were stealing personally identifiable information by paying off people with access to the victims’ information. They are also accused of filing tax returns in the victims’ names and then bribing mail carriers to provide addresses that could be used to intercept the tax refund checks.

Authorities say the schemes spanned from January 2012 to November 2015. Burgin was the last suspect caught after a chase in Houston in September.

Four months after the shooting, Judge Kocurek put on her black judicial robe and walked into a courtroom greeted by a round of applause from a room full of attorneys, judges, police officers and others who wanted to wish her well.