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Former Gov. Walker aide Tim Russell due in court Friday


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former Milwaukee County aide to Governor Scott Walker returns to court Friday morning.

Tim Russell will have a final hearing on matters involving his trial that’s scheduled to begin December 3rd. He was a deputy chief of staff to Walker when he was the Milwaukee County Executive.

Russell is accused of embezzling $21,000 from an annual program at the County Zoo that salutes Wisconsin veterans. He’s also accused of taking money from two county supervisor campaigns he helped manage.

Russell is one of five ex-Walker aides charged as the result of a John Doe investigation that’s still going on. Two of those aides were convicted after they struck plea bargains.

One of them, Kelly Rindfleisch, might be called as a witness against Russell. Prosecutors have submitted a list of 42 possible witnesses – and Governor Walker is one of them.

The governor escaped having to testify against Rindfleisch, when she copped a plea deal just before her trial was to take place.

Walker himself has not been implicated in any wrongdoing.