MARLIN, Texsa (KWTX) A man running for mayor of Marlin, a city struggling through budget issues and more, has a checkered past.
KWTX investigated allegations against Demetrius Beachum, 39, and learned the mayoral candidate and pastor has been arrested at least six times for writing hot checks and not paying traffic tickets in McLennan and Hill counties, according to multiple law enforcement documents and sources.
According to jail records, Beachum was first arrested for theft by check in McLennan County in 1998, then again in 2007, and a third time in 2013.
The 2013 arrest stems from a 2011 theft over $20 and under $500 involving Central Rental and was dismissed on March 4, 2014.
Beachum was arrested for traffic related incidents in 2000 and 2001 in McLennan County, according to jail records.
Beachum was convicted of theft by check of property over $500 and under $1500 in 2011 in Hill County.
For that offense, Beachum was arrested by DPS and Killeen Police on February 19, 2011 and bonded-out the next day, according to Hill County officials.
According to court records, the incident occurred in 2010, and after being convicted on June 8, 2011, Beachum was ordered to pay $680 in restitution to Eagle Disposal Company and a $100 fine to the court.
Originally from Mexia, Beachum currently runs the Ministry of Hope church in Marlin and Temple.
He said prior to his ministry, he worked for Chilton and Hearne ISD.
Beachum is running for mayor against Shirley King and John Keefer.
Election Day is May 6, 2017.