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Jackson case continued until May

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Quentin Jackson

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By PETER WILLIAMS
The Perquimans Weekly

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Over the prosecutor’s objections, the felony perjury case against Hertford Mayor Pro Tem Quentin Jackson has been postponed until May at the request of his attorney.

Jackson’s court-appointed attorney Preston Tyndall asked Superior Court Judge Alma Hinton for the delay, and it was granted. Jackson is also looking for the trial to be moved outside the First Prosecutorial District because he doesn’t think he can get a fair trial there.

“I am looking forward to being exonerated, but I don’t think you can do that in Hertford or this district,” Jackson said Monday afternoon after the hearing.

Before the trial will be moved, the state will have to conduct a poll to see if people in the district who may be called for a jury have already formed an opinion on the case. The first district includes Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Perquimans and Chowan counties.

Assistant District Attorney Holley Metzger objected to continuing the case until May. The court had already called more than 50 potential jury members who stood ready to hear Jackson’s case.

“How much longer do we give him (Jackson) to do what he has to do?” Metzger asked Judge Hinton.

The next administrative session for Superior Court is May 9 in Hertford.

A Perquimans County Grand Jury found cause to charge Jackson with perjury in April 2018 for statements he made in court. Jackson was in court for a number of things, but one was failing to obey a police officer.

Jackson was asked if he was on probation at the time of the Feb. 1, 2018, traffic stop, and he said he was not. Court records show he was on probation from a case in Dare County.

Tyndall, who was appointed as Jackson’s lawyer late last year, also wants to get Jackson’s cell phone back.

The phone was taken by the State Bureau of Investigation after a parole officer’s search of a room Jackson uses at his mother’s house. The SBI still has custody of the phone, and Jackson maintains it contains text messages between him and a Perquimans Sheriff’s Office deputy over the parole issue.

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