GRAND JUNCTION Senator Steve King isn't due in court quite yet, but over the weekend one judge recused himself from the criminal case, saying he had a conflict of interest.
Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister made the decision to disqualify himself from the case on Friday.
Last Wednesday Senator Steve King was issued a summons after a three week investigation that was sparked by a time card discrepancy.
He faces several charges including embezzlement, forgery, theft and official misconduct.
Prosecutors allege he defrauded the Mesa County Sheriff's Department and Colorado Mesa University of up to $5,000 while he worked for them.