Murphy Pre-Trial Conference Postponed Again

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The pretrial conference of Mayor Ken Murphy, scheduled for April 22, had to be rescheduled when the prosecuting attorney failed to show up.

That afternoon, Murphy was dressed in a suit and tie, and sat quietly off to the side of Judge Ronnie McDaniel's courtroom. Murphy was to have had a pre-trial conference on a charge of disorderly conduct. The charge was made following two investigations into a confrontation between the mayor and Payson Fire Marshal Jack Babb over occupancy limitations at the Ox Bow Saloon in August 2002 during rodeo weekend.

At the pre-trial conference, either a settlement was to be announced or a court date set.

Murphy's attorney, Harlan Green, and Deputy County Attorney Robert Standage asked McDaniel for a continuance since Deputy County Attorney Bryan Chambers, who is handling the county's case, was absent.

Chambers was unable to attend the conference because he was prosecuting another case for the county in family court in Globe.

Judge McDaniel granted the request and re-scheduled the pre-trial conference for May 13 at 1:30 p.m.

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