Former Batesville Prosecutor's Co-Defendant Seeks Acquittal

MARCH 18, 2004 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal court papers show a Batesville lawyer convicted in a case against a former state prosecutor has asked to be acquitted of 22 criminal offenses.

Wesley J. "Butch" Ketz, a co-defendant of former prosecutor T.J. Hively of Batesville, made the request in a filing in U.S. District Court.

Ketz was convicted March 9 of racketeering and two counts of mail fraud.  The jury deadlocked on 19 counts of money laundering, and Judge George Howard, Jr. declared a mistrial on those counts.

Hively was convicted on racketeering and mail fraud in the case.

Jurors couldn't reach a decision on three counts against a third defendant, bail bondsman Gary Edwards.

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