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Jury pool expanded in Bolton federal trial, additional subpoena served

Charles and Linda Bolton will be expected in federal court in two weeks. Source: WDAM Charles and Linda Bolton will be expected in federal court in two weeks. Source: WDAM
27th Avenue package store, owned by Charles and Linda Bolton. Source: WDAM 27th Avenue package store, owned by Charles and Linda Bolton. Source: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

On Wednesday U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett entered an order regarding the jury selection in the upcoming federal trial of Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife Linda.

Charles and Linda Bolton were indicted in March 2016 on 10 counts related to tax evasion and filing false tax returns.

The order is to expand the jury selection from the Eastern Division, to the entire Southern District of Mississippi.

“This cause if before the Court sua sponte for the reason of intense media coverage surrounding the indictment and trial of the above named defendants in the Eastern Division of this Court which sits in Hattiesburg,” according to Starrett’s court order.

The Eastern Division is a division of mostly rural areas with the population being concentrated in the Hattiesburg, Laurel, Lamar County, and Columbia areas, with a large amount of prospective jurors from counties in the Hattiesburg media market, according to the order.

“The highly coincidental publication of numerous media articles regarding the impending trial, causes this court to believe that the parties will have a difficult time empaneling a fair jury from the Eastern Division only,” according to Starrett’s order. “The court finds that drawing a jury from the district wide pool would provide a venire that has been less subject to the intense media coverage.”

Subpoena to 27th Avenue Package Store:

Another entry filed on Wednesday was the return of a subpoena by the defense to produce documents, information, or objects in a criminal case.

The subpoena was served at 27th Avenue Package Store, located at 119 S. 27th Avenue in Hattiesburg.

“Copies of all documents including, but not limited to, checks, credit card receipts, ledgers and other data reflecting purchases of wine, liquor or any other beverage product from 27th Avenue Package Store by John W. Lee, Jr. and /or John W. Lee, Jr. PA, for the years 2009 thru 2013,” according to the subpoena.

According to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, a 2015 filing shows the registered agent for the business is William Terry Martin. The officers include, James K. Dukes is listed as (President), William T. Martin is listed as (Vice-President), James K. Williams is listed as (Treasurer and Secretary).

Trial date:

As of Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, the trial is set to begin Monday Sept. 12th, 2016 before Judge Starrett.

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