MILWAUKEE — A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive is due in court for a final pre-trial hearing.
Timothy D. Russell has pleaded not guilty to three embezzlement charges. He's accused of stealing more than $21,000 from a nonprofit organization that Walker asked him to lead.
The hearing is Monday morning. Russell's jury trial begins two weeks later.
Russell is one of six Walker aides and associates charged with crimes. The charges stem from a secret John Doe investigation. Walker has repeatedly said he is not a target of the investigation, and he hasn't been charged with wrongdoing.
Walker faces a recall election Tuesday. His Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, has been trying to use the investigation to raise questions about Walker's leadership.