12News has learned that the Newton County District Attorney has resigned.
District Attorney Robert J. Choate's term was set to expire at the end of next year, but he has decided to leave office before then. The reason for the resignation has not yet been announced.
Newton County Judge Truman Dougharty said he received a call from Governor Perry's office at the beginning of the month informing him of Choat's resignation. He was told the resignation was turned in on October 2 and will be effective October 31.
Choate has not been on the job since late September.
Gov. Perry will appoint Choate's replacement. The new DA has to have at five years experience and live in Newton County. Assistant District Attorney Robert Shane Hilton is filling in until a replacement is found.
Choate is a former section supervisor of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and past assistant district attorney of Newton County.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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