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Jury trial set to determine fate of Hattiesburg election challenges

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A specially appointed judge has set a date for a hearing on two Hattiesburg election challenges.

William Coleman, a retired judge from Hinds County, set July 8 for a conference and has notified the court administrator in Hattiesburg the Dave Ware and Nathan Jordan election petitions will be considered then. He also has indicated one of those challenges may go to a trial by jury later in the month.

Ware lost to mayor Johnny DuPree by 37 votes but says 330 absentee ballots should be thrown out because of irregularities. Jordan got 4 percent of the vote but claims in his petition that ballots at several voting precincts contained the names of only two candidates rather than the five that qualified.

Judge Coleman also instructed the court administrator that he would set July 23 as the trial date to hear the Ware challenge. It will be a trial by jury.

Officials say the pool of potential jurors will come from residents in Forrest County, which means some jury members will live outside the city limits and didn't vote in the municipal election. 

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