Judge Sets Date for Racketeering Retrial

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

December 27, 2005

A new date has been set for the retrial of the men accused of being involved in a Charlottesville drug ring.

The four men accused of running a violent crime ring will face a new trial on May 8th and that trial will stay here in Charlottesville at federal court.

After declaring a mistrial in November, a judge then announced a new trial would be held in Lynchburg. He said he had concerns over security and intense press coverage.

Defense attorneys fought to keep the trial here, saying it would be too expensive for them to try the case in Lynchburg.

Now the judge has ruled that the trial will remain in Charlottesville and the prosecution continues to prepare its case.

"The investigation continues. We're consistently asking questions of people as to these events and it may be that the case as it's presented in May has some additional evidence that we didn't have when the case was tried in November," said Asst. US Attorney Tim Heaphy.

Both the prosecution and defense will now have four more months to get ready for the new trial and both will be armed with information they can use from the first trial.

All four defendants face life in prison if convicted.

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