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Wilcher lawsuit postponed
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The trial date has been changed for the lawsuit filed by County Commissioner Michael Shane Wilcher against Warren County government and Commissioner Ron Lee. It’s out of 2016 and into 2017.
Originally set to be heard Dec. 6, the case was pushed back once and now faces what could be a second postponement.
Wilcher’s attorney asked for a continuance due to a scheduling conflict with another case. That motion was granted and the case was scheduled for Jan. 26.
Lee’s attorney, Trevor Galligan, is now asking for a continuance due to him representing a murder in the first degree and abuse of a corpse case that is set to be heard Jan. 19.
“Due to the amount of potential witnesses and testimony, this trail could extend into the following week,” said Galligan in his motion to Judge Travis R. McDonough to change the trail date. “Irrespective of the trail’s length, counsel for Defendant Lee would be unable to adequately prepare for this trail and conduct a defense of a murder trail simultaneously.”
The lawsuit stems from a verbal exchange between Wilcher and Lee on Aug. 18, 2014 just prior to a monthly meeting of the Warren County Commission.
The lawsuit has cost taxpayers $56,989, but final numbers will not be known until after the lawsuit is settled. That cost does not include any monies paid by Commissioners Wilcher and Lee.
The judge has not ruled on Galligan’s motion to push the court date past Jan. 26.