A Superior Court judge in Iredell County has denied a request from Statesville Councilman Flake Huggins to move his trial on charges of aiding and abetting illegal voting and obstruction of justice. In a decision announced Wednesday, Judge Christopher Bragg said he did not feel that pre-trial publicity warranted moving the trial.Huggins was indicted in March 2012, after investigators charged that he had relatives lie about their addresses so they could vote in the November 2011 Ward 6 runoff race, which he won.The obstruction charge, which carries a heavier penalty, stems from allegations he lied to investigators working on the voting case. Earlier this year, prosecutors offered a deal to dismiss that charge in return for a guilty plea on the aiding and abetting charge, but Huggins rejected the deal. The trial is not expected to begin until November, at the earliest, meaning that Huggins will have already served more than half of his term on the council before the case is heard. Dave Vieser
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013
Change of venue denied in Huggins case
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