Trial date for former UTSA lecturer Rose Rodriguez-Rabin pushed back


Breahna Luera, News Editor

The jury selection and trial for the case regarding the alleged drug distribution by former UTSA lecturer Rose Rodriguez-Rabin has been moved to May 26 under Judge Robert Pitman in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. 

The original trial date was set for March 23, but on March 5, the court approved the motion for a continuance of the jury selection and trial that Rodriguez-Rabin filed on Feb. 27. 

According to former federal defense attorney Robin Teague, the dates are likely going to be pushed back even further due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are currently no changes made to the scheduling of this case. 

Rodriguez-Rabin and her former roommate Brandon Sims were indicted on Jan. 7, facing charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. 

Rodriguez-Rabin was a lecturer for the writing program at UTSA. She was released from custody on Dec. 20, 2019, under court order to have no contact with Sims or any UTSA students. She was suspended from her duties in the writing program in December of 2019.