Altus Police Officer Trial Delayed to October

The trial of a former Altus police officer that was set to begin a week from Monday has been moved to October.

Russell Hansel, a 17-year veteran of the Altus Police Department, was arrested after a six month investigation. His lawyers asked for a change of venue and the trial was moved from Altus to Frederick. Fellow officer Jose Arce was also arrested.

The pair were arrested just over a year ago after an investigation by the Altus Police Department with help from the FBI. Arce pleaded guilty earlier this year to 3 of 4 counts of receiving stolen property. He received two-years deferred probation

Altus police chief, Tim Murphy, says Hansel and Arce were recorded with surveillance cameras buying stolen property. Hansel is charged with 4 related counts of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

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