5/06/09 – Prosecutors oppose delay request in Alamo trial

May 6, 2009
Associated Press

Prosecutors oppose delay request in Alamo trial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say further delaying the trial of jailed evangelist Tony Alamo would jeopardize arrangements to bring dozens of witnesses from across the country to Texarkana.

In a filing Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner says some of those witnesses are “hostile” and may try to evade testifying if Alamo’s trial is delayed. Jenner says more than 240 potential jurors also have been summoned for the case.

Alamo, 74, is scheduled to go to trial May 18 on a 10-count indictment accusing him of taking young girls across state lines for sex. Alamo’s lawyer, Danny Davis of Beverly Hills, Calif., asked for a four-month delay in the trial Tuesday. Davis said he needed more time to prepare and had to undergo surgery.

In: 2009 - (Trial year)

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