POMEROY — The final pre-trial for Jacques Daboni, 24, has been moved to 10:15 a.m. Nov. 25.
Still in a wheelchair and clad in orange, Daboni’s new trial date has been set for Dec. 14.
According to Meigs County Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Fisher and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Daboni is currently being housed in the Washington County Jail. According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office documents, he was booked Oct. 16 for alleged failure to appear. No sentence or bond was listed in the documents, which were last updated Nov. 13.
Daboni’s need for a wheelchair stemmed from a reported fall he experienced at an unconfirmed location in Pomeroy during the lunch hour of the first day of his trial Oct. 13. He is currently facing 12 felony charges, according to Meigs County Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Fisher. Daboni faces seven counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking, one count of fourth-degree felony trafficking, one count of second-degree felony trafficking, one count of first-degree felony trafficking, one count of second-degree felony engaging a pattern of corrupt behavior, and one count of first-degree felony engaging a pattern of corrupt behavior, Fisher said. Three of the trafficking charges in the fifth degree mention heroin, with the rest of the trafficking charges listed simply as “trafficking,” according to court documents.
Daboni’s fall caused the jury to be dismissed and the court preceedings to be delayed until the next morning. At that time Daboni had been given new legal counsel in the form of Jason Holdren, an attorney from Gallipolis.
On the morning of Oct. 14, Holdren, after speaking privately with his client, asked Judge Carson Crow for a mistrial, citing the deterioration of the relationship between Daboni and his previous lawyer, Byron Lee Potts, out of Columbus, Ohio.
Daboni fired Potts as his lawyer the week before, and previously before Byron had two others lawyers: Stephen Paul Ames, of Gahanna, and Kerry Robert Toy, of Athens.
Crow granted the mistrial and tentatively pushed to trial date to November, with the current tentative date mid-December. Fisher and Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams said they believe the trial will take three to four days to complete.
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