Ellis County - The controversy that recently erupted over a segregation-era historical sign in the basement of the Ellis County courthouse has taken an unusual twist following an act of vandalism.

Ellis County Judge Todd Little is a suspect along with another man in the defacement of the sign, which says “negroes,” according to court records. The criminal investigation has been turned over to Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot after Ellis County prosecutors requested an order recusing themselves, records show.

A court filing from the Ellis County DA says County Judge Todd Little is shown on a video uploaded to YouTube directing another man to spray paint over the historic sign, which was preserved as a lesson highlighting the mistakes of the past

No one has been charged and it remains under investigation. Little could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Questions were raised about the sign last November when a Black constable was relocated to a basement office near the segregation-era sign.

Source: NBCdfw