Meridian Star

July 20, 2013

Lawyer wants delay in trial of Ex-Miss. chief

The Associated Press
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — An attorney has asked for a judge to delay the Aug. 19 trial of a former Mississippi police chief charged with demanding money or property in exchange for dropping criminal charges against people.

Former Mendenhall Police Chief Donald "Bruce" Barlow was already facing eight charges when a second indictment on May 22 added nine new charges.

Barlow's lawyer said Friday in court filing that he needs more time to prepare for trial.

Prosecutors say Barlow sometimes made people sign over their vehicles in exchange for him dropping charges and also demanded cash payments, in one case $4,500.

Barlow's attorney, Mike Scott, has said they look forward to trying the case in court.

Mendenhall is a small town of about 2,500 residents, 25 miles south of Jackson.