Grand Jury Clears Hess
CANYON -- He lost two jobs and has seen his share of publicity in the past few months, but Wednesday, Neil Hess could breathe a sigh of relief. A Randall County grand jury says he did nothing wrong.
Hess was fired from West Texas A&M University after allegations of misuse of school property and resources. The Randall County district attorney then started investigating Hess. Next, the Lone Star Ballet board released Hess as their artistic director. But Wednesday, the grand jury decided there was no reason to take the case any further.
Hess helped build the 'Texas' musical drama, founded the Lone Star Ballet company and created his own dance school. He got exactly what he wanted -- all theft charges dropped and his name cleared -- but vindication doesn't mean life will go back to what it was before the investigation. Hess' attorney, Jeff Blackburn, says, "I think he viewed this as a good opportunity to move on and move on to some other projects as well. So, it's not like he was completely dependant on income from the university job. It wasn't as if his whole career came to an end." click here for more