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Federal Trial for Newport Alderman Delayed Again

MARCH 31, 2005 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The trial of a Newport alderman and his wife on numerous drug charges could be pushed back again.

U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins said he did not oppose the request of alderman Pinkey McFarlin and his wife, Tammie, to delay the May 2 trial.  U.S. District Judge George Howard, Jr. issued an order in February delaying the trial, which was originally scheduled to start February 28.

Cummins requested that the trial start no later than November 7, because assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Gardner will be on medical leave from August 29 until October 21.  Cummins also said the prosecution's case could last five days, two days longer than previously thought.

The 54-year-old McFarlin was indicted January 6 on 25 counts related to the possession and distribution of crack cocaine and the tranquilizer Xanax.  His 45-year-old wife faces two charges of aiding and abetting the possession, with intent to distribute.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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