New Date Set for Second Trial of Former Batesville Prosecutor

October 17, 2003 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new date has been set for the second corruption trial of former prosecutor T. J. Hively of Batesville.  A federal judge agreed to a February 4 beginning.

Prosecutors asked for the delay because they had schedule conflicts when the judge changed the date from October to November.

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 1990's 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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