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POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The Mayor of one Region 8 town has been found eligible to stay the town's Mayor.

According to Poinsett County Prosecutor Marty Lilly, a judge ruled that based on Arkansas's definition of residency there wasn't enough evidence to decide one way or another on Steve Jernigan's true residence.

Steve Jernigan took the oath of office on January 1st, and will get to keep his post after Monday's ruling.

Back in December, the state of Arkansas filed a petition to remove Mayor-elect Jernigan saying his home address is not within the city limits of Lepanto.

According to the petition, on August 6th Jernigan listed his home address as 614 Alexander Street in Lepanto. As of December 3rd, Jernigan had his driver's license and vehicle driven address as 13719 Highway 140 North, Lepanto.

After being interviewed by Arkansas State Police, Jernigan claimed that his home residence at 243 North Greenwood does not have a phone, and admitted that he does not having clothing at the place, nor does he shower or bath at the place.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Marty Lilly, that didn't meet the Arkansas Supreme Court definition of a permanent residence.

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POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The Mayor of one Region 8 town is set to go to trial in late January on charges he doesn't live within the city limits.

According to Poinsett County Prosecutor Marty Lilly, Lepanto Mayor Steve Jernigan had his case continued until January 24.

Lilly said a motion to dismiss the charges against Jernigan was denied, but a Poinsett County Judge did accept a motion to continue the case until the 24th.

The state of Arkansas filed a petition on Wednesday December 29, to remove Mayor-elect Jernigan saying his home address is not within the city limits of Lepanto.

According to the petition, on August 6th Jernigan listed his home address as 614 Alexander Street in Lepanto. As of December 3rd, Jernigan had his driver's license and vehicle driven address as 13719 Highway 140 North, Lepanto.

After being interviewed by Arkansas State Police, Jernigan claimed that his home residence at 243 North Greenwood does not have a phone, and admitted that he does not having clothing at the place, nor does he shower or bath at the place.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Marty Lilly, that doesn't meet the Arkansas Supreme Court definition of a permanent residence.

Jernigan took office on January 1, 2011.

Prosecutor Lilly says Jernigan can take office on January 1st, but if he's found guilty of the charges, he must return all funds, including paychecks he receives, to the city of Lepanto.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you the latest information when it becomes available.

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LEPANTO, AR (KAIT) – The future mayor of Lepanto, Arkansas has been served with a writ quo warranto challenging his authority to take office.

According to Prosecuting Attorney of the Second Judicial District Marty Lilly, Mayor-elect Steve Jernigan's home address is being questioned by the State of Arkansas.

The state filed a petition Wednesday to remove Mayor-elect Jernigan saying his home address is not within the city limits of Lepanto.

According to the petition, on August 6th Jernigan listed his home address as 614 Alexander Street in Lepanto. As of December 3rd, Jernigan had his driver's license and vehicle driven address as 13719 Highway 140 North, Lepanto.

After being interviewed by Arkansas State Police, Jernigan claimed that his home residence at 243 North Greenwood does not have a phone, and admitted that he does not having clothing at the place, nor does he shower or bath at the place.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Marty Lilly, that doesn't meet the Arkansas Supreme Court definition of a permanent residence.

Jernigan is set to take office on January 1, 2011 and is scheduled to appear in court on January 7th.

Prosecutor Lilly says Jernigan can take office on January 1st, but if he's found guilty of the charges, he must return all funds, including paychecks he receives, to the city of Lepanto.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you the latest information when it becomes available.

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