The defense for Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope took a blow in court this morning.
A judge denied the marshal’s request to suppress emails that led to his perjury charges.
He also shot down a motion to sever his charges, meaning his perjury and malfeasance in office charges will be a part of the same trial, and Judge David Smith held off on ruling on whether to move Pope’s September trial out of Lafayette Parish.
The argument there was the Lafayette court system should be given a chance to find an impartial jury.
Assistant District Attorney Alan Haney added that if Derek Todd Lee, who was convicted of killing 7 women in the baton rouge area, could get a fair trial there then Pope, should be able to receive the same in Lafayette.
Due to a gag order, Pope’s attorneys were not able to comment after the hearing.
Courts records show that the marshal has a pre-trial hearing on July 26th and his trial date is set for September 24th.