HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Attorneys for Charles and Linda Bolton filed a rebuttal to the government's response that was filed in mid-October in reference to requests for an acquittal and new trial.
Charles and Linda were indicted for 10 counts related to attempted tax evasion and filing false tax returns on March 22, 2016. They were both found guilty on Sept. 15, 2016.
Charles was convicted on four counts of tax evasion, not guilty on one count of tax evasion and guilty on all five counts related to filing a false tax return.
Linda was convicted on five counts of filing a false tax return and not guilty on one count of tax evasion, with a "no verdict" or mistrial being declared on the remaining four.
Joe Sam Owen and Robert McDuff both filed rebuttal motions on their behalf referencing points in the trial including testimony by IRS Special Agent Bradley Luker, John Lee checks, taxable income, and the money made and used through and by Sports 22 and Hall Avenue Package Store.
"In Conclusion, this Court must enter a judgment of acquittal or grant a new trial for Charles Bolton as to Counts 2 through 10," said Owen in his court filings.
Linda Bolton's attorney, Robert McDuff stated, "In light of the foregoing, and for the reasons expressed in the motion, the Court should enter a judgment of acquittal on all counts, or in the alternative, grant a judgment of acquittal on Counts 6 through 10, or in the alternative, grant a new trial on Counts 6 through 10."
A ruling on the rebuttal motion has not yet been entered by District Judge Keith Starrett.
Charles and Linda Bolton are set to be sentenced on Dec. 19, at 2:30 p.m. by District Judge Keith Starrett at the William M. Colmer Federal Building and United States Courthouse.