Missing funds trial re-set for April

Missing funds trial re-set for April

A new jury trial date is set for April 18-19 in Fulton County Circuit Court for Jennifer Bivens of Weakley County, the suspect indicted for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 in connection with missing funds from the Fulton Electric System office.

A trial was originally set for Jan. 11-12, but was rescheduled because of a misinterpretation as to where the trial was supposed to take place, according to Fulton County Circuit Court Clerk Sarah Johnson.

Johnson said Bivens’ trial was one of two which had been set for Jan. 11, adding, Circuit Judge Tim Langford heard the first trial and decided to hear Bivens’ trial Jan. 12.

Commonwealth Attorney Michael Stacy said during the suppression hearing preceding the trial, Bivens’ attorney Dennis Null motioned to be released because he had another matter to attend to. 

Stacy said Null had gotten confused and thought the case would be heard in Hickman County. As Judge Langford had another case in Hickman County, he and Stacy went to Hickman County to meet Null for the matter. At that time, to accommodate Null and allow more time for the complex case, the attorneys and judge agreed to move the trial to April, which was the next available date for all parties.

According to Null, it is not uncommon for the judge to hear Fulton County cases in Hickman County, as the judge and prosecutor preside and represent, respectively, in the “River Counties,” consisting of Fulton, Hickman, Ballard, and Carlisle counties.

Null said Judge Langford schedules more than one case for one day and doesn’t know for sure whether any one case will be settled. 

He said the first case was not settled and was to be heard Jan. 12, at which time it was agreed upon by both parties to continue the case to April.

Editor’s note: Article courtesy of the Fulton Leader.

wcp 1/25/11

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