Hively Trial Date Delayed

October 16, 2003.  -- Posted at 7:16 AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR-- A federal judge has agreed to a February fourth start for a second corruption trial for former prosecutor T-J Hively of Batesville.

Prosecutors had asked for the delay after federal Judge George Howard Junior moved the trial from October 27th to November tenth. Prosecutors said they had schedule conflicts and a witness would not be available for the November date.

Two co-defendants, former Hively law partner Wesley John ``Butch'' Ketz Jr. and bail bondsman Gary Edwards, will be tried with Hively.

In March 2001, a jury could not reach verdicts on 48 corruption charges against Hively, who was in office for six years during the 1990s in the 16th Judicial District, which covers Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard and Stone counties.

Since then, all but 16 counts against Hively have been dismissed. Ketz and Edwards each face one charge of racketeering; they haven't been tried yet.

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