Trials of ex-Dixie officials reset for April

Published: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.

Federal trials for four former Dixie County officials have been rescheduled for April 6.

U.S. District Judge Stephan P. Mickle signed the order Friday setting the new trial date for former Dixie County commissioners John Lee "Big John" Driggers and Alton James Land, as well as for Willie Dewey "Billy" Keen Jr., the county's former building and zoning inspector.

The three men were scheduled to be tried in early February on charges of soliciting bribes and lying to FBI agents.

Mickle also changed the trial date for former Dixie County attorney Joseph T. Lander to the first week of April. Lander was arrested on federal charges alleging he was involved in two schemes, one that involved the fraudulent billing of developers and the other to convince people to invest in a vitamin business he claimed he was starting.

The delays will give all the attorneys involved time to sort out claims of conflicts of interest as well as time to listen to 180 hours of recorded conversations.

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