Newport Alderman Hospitalized, Drug Trial Delayed

NOVEMBER 15, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The federal drug trial of Newport alderman Pinkey McFarlin has been delayed because McFarlin was hospitalized for chest pains.

A jury in U.S. District Court in Little Rock was seated November 6 to hear the case against McFarlin.  He is charged with distributing Xanax and crack cocaine.

U.S. District Judge George Howard, Jr. sent the jury home for the day yesterday after he was informed that McFarlin had spent Monday night in a hospital.

Howard said that if McFarlin is not discharged today he would order him to a federal medical facility in Missouri for a second opinion.

The 56-year-old McFarlin faces a total of 26 charges in an indictment handed up in January 2005.  He lost a bid for re-election and is serving out the final two months of his term on the Newport City Council.

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