The attorney for Brawley resident Teri Smelser — accused of embezzling about $400,000 from local service groups — and the District Attorney's Office are negotiating a settlement to the case.
During a pre-trial hearing Monday, Superior Court Judge Matias Contreras met with Deputy District Attorney Karla Davis and Smelser's attorney, Richard Strickland of El Centro, behind closed doors.
The meeting in the County Courthouse in El Centro lasted about a half hour before the parties emerged and announced the pre-trial hearing would continue Thursday.
After the meeting, Davis said there is a chance a settlement called a negotiated disposition could be reached. This morning Davis said she is "hopeful" talks will continue to focus on a settlement.