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Still no date set for DUI trial of Section Mayor

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Ron Fossett (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Ron Fossett (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
SECTION, AL (WAFF) -

It has been one year since the mayor of Section was issued a citation for driving under the influence, and there is still no trial date set in municipal court.

It's not unusual initially because in a case like this one a special prosecutor and judge had to be appointed. They had a chance for a trial in fall 2013, but since that time there's nothing that's been public.

June 28 will mark one year that Section Mayor Ron Fossett was arrested for DUI by a then part-time Section police officer. Friday, he is still seeking justice in his case. We sought an interview with the mayor about his case, but were unable to reach him.

An off duty Scottsboro police officer saw a car driving erratically and called 911. A part-time Section police officer tracked down the car and found Fossett behind the wheel near his home. Fossett was arrested and booked into the county jail that Friday night under suspicion of DUI and released the next morning on bond.

A special prosecutor and judge were appointed in the case and set a trial date for October 2013. Witnesses appeared that day, but after some discussions the case was continued. So how odd is it for a case to go this long without another trial date being set?

We took a look at DUI cases for 2013 in the Jackson County District Court. They logged 121 misdemeanor DUI cases for the year and all but 12 have been resolved. Of the 12 pending cases, ALL have trial dates except for one where court officials say the defendant failed to show for court and they're awaiting his arrest before setting the next trial date.

The municipal court said that special Judge Rocky Watson in DeKalb County is responsible for setting the court date. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.

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