HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The trial for Huntsville City Schools board member Michelle Watkins has been rescheduled. Watkins is charged with misdemeanor harassment.
Watkins came to court Monday prepared for her trial and after waiting more than an hour she was sent home. Lawyers from both sides had a meeting in the Huntsville courtroom, then an announcement came that judge Lonzo Robinson is recusing himself from the trial.
Judge Robinson and Michelle Watkins know each other. They were in the same Leadership Huntsville Class and the lawyers don't want to risk a biased decision.
You may remember Watkins was arrested Dec. 31 and charged with misdemeanor harassment. Police say a warrant was issued because of an incident at Mae Jemison High School that happened Oct. 3. That’s the night the school was hosting a safety forum for parents.
Investigators say Watkins got in an argument the same evening. She's accused of yelling and causing a disturbance over a personal matter. Dozens of Watkins supporters filled the courtroom. We spoke with some of them who say the judge did the right thing.
"This was a great decision to recuse himself at this time period because it's so important that we understand and see our justice system do what it's suppose to do in the area of transparency and being clear on all subjects," said Ocie Maddox Jr.
The trial is rescheduled for March 29. As of now, the new judge has not been announced.