August 20, 2012
HAZARD – An assistant county attorney charged with driving under the influence is now set to go to trial this fall.
Cordell “Buddy” Williams was scheduled to appear in Perry District Court on Friday. Williams’ attorney, Danny Rose, filed a motion to dismiss the case in May, claiming that there exists no proof that Williams was driving the car at the time of his arrest on March 17.
Williams was arrested at his home in Hazard after a neighbor called police and reported that he had damaged a wall in front of the neighbor’s house while operating a vehicle that evening. During an interview with the Herald, Williams admitted that he had been drinking, but claimed that he wasn’t driving and plans to fight the charge in court.
“At no time did the arresting officer, or any other person, witness the defendant in actual physical control of the vehicle,” Rose’s motion reads.
A special judge on Friday gave Rose an additional 30 days to supplement his motion, and the prosecution 15 days after to respond, according to documents in the Perry District Clerk’s Office. Williams is also now set to go to trial on November 2.