DALLAS — Embattled Dallas County Commissioner, John Wiley Price, was back at work on Monday, following his arrest and federal indictment last week.
On Friday, Price pleaded not guilty to 11-counts outlined by federal agents. Shortly after his court appearance, Price said he would be heading back to work. On Monday, Price was back at his office, as promised. Our NewsFix cameras caught the commissioner as he left the building. He didn’t have a comment.
Federal agents have probed Price for almost 11-years. Their investigation yielded an indictment that charges the commissioner on 11-different counts. Price stands accused of taking nearly $1M in bribes and failing to report earnings to the IRS. Price, and three other associates — Kathy Nealy, Dapheny Fain and Christian Campbell, all named in the indictment — maintain their innocence.
Not everyone is ready to condemn Price for his accused crimes. Prices` pastor, Dr. Fredrick Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church, led an early Sunday morning service to lift his spirits.
Across town at St. Luke’s, prayers for price were also offered.
“We hope that he gets a fair trail and our prayers are with him,” one parishioner said.
Even former Dallas Mayor, Ron Kirk, had some encouraging words for Price.
“I am confident, and we are prayerful, that the commissioner, Ms. Nealy and the others will get a fair trial.”