Venue Selected For Re-Trial Of City Commissioner Pearson
A venue for the election fraud case against Douglas City Commissioner Olivia Pearson was selected late last week, though an official date for the re-trial has not yet been set.
The trial for Commissioner Pearson is headed to Wayne County (Jesup), according to the Coffee County District Attorney’s Office, and an official date will be announced soon. Superior Court Judge Andy Spivey filed the order announcing the change of venue on late Thursday afternoon, January 25.
The re-trial was set to be held for the second time in December 2017 here in Coffee County, but a change of venue request from Pearson’s attorney led to a delay.
Pearson was indicted by a Coffee County Grand Jury in 2016 on four charges related to felony voter fraud charges (two counts of Improper Assistance in Casting a Ballot and two counts of False Swearing) stemming from the November 2012 General Election.
She opted for trial by a jury last year in late March, and the jury of 12 citizens deadlocked (11-1) and couldn’t reach a verdict, leading Judge Spivey to declare a mistrial.
Pearson was one of four Coffee Countians indicted on voter fraud charges from the 2012 election, the others being Evelyn Griffin, Charlie Mack Wooten, and James Curtis Hicks.
Griffin, Wooten, and Hicks all chose to accept guilty pleas on misdemeanor charges.
Additional information will be released when an official trial date is set.