After talks of a possible plea bargain sputtered Friday, a Nov. 3 trial date was set for a former state trooper charged with dealing steroids.
Jeffery Jerman, 34, also faces a federal charge of conspiring to distribute steroids, and his lawyers wanted the local prosecutor to drop the three state charges filed here.
But District Attorney Amos Barton said he plans to proceed with his case against Jerman who, authorities say, sold $800 worth of steroids — while in uniform and in a police cruiser — to a confidential informant last September.
In declining federal prosecutors’ request to drop the case, Barton said, “I’m simply not convinced that a federal jury in San Antonio cares about our community like we do.”
Jerman, who was fired in December, also was charged with steroid possession in Kendall County, where he lives. The prosecutor in that case, Lucy Wilke, agreed to drop it when asked by federal prosecutors.