After a pre-trial hearing, there is little hope the charges against Councilwoman Ann Cherry will be resolved before the Nov. 6 general election.

Cherry appeared Wednesday morning before Christian Circuit Court Judge John Atkins for a pre-trial conference. Her attorney, Ben Fletcher, requested more time to review the evidence, and Atkins continued the case until Nov. 14.

Cherry faces three criminal charges including tampering with public records, tampering with physical evidence — both class D felonies — and second-degree official misconduct.

She was indicted by the grand jury in August for her alleged interference with the police investigation of a series of break-ins and burglaries in late July. She is accused of recording surveillance footage of the suspect and sending it to several media outlets.

The indictment came at a difficult time for Cherry, who is running for re-election.

She was charged on Aug. 17, four days before she was scheduled to testify in a board of ethics hearing about a complaint against Mayor Dan Kemp. The complaint centered on an ordinance that would require pawn shops to submit transaction information to a national database.

The complaint was withdrawn before the hearing could take place, but Fletcher has indicated he will defend Cherry by arguing that the charges against her are an attempt to remove her from office.

Cherry is running against Republican Roger D. Richey. She has served as the Ward 6 councilwoman for three years.

REACH CARLA JIMENEZ at 270-887-3262

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