POMEROY — After several delays, the jury trial for Jacques Daboni began Monday at the Meigs County Courthouse.
According to court documents, Daboni is currently facing 12 felony charges. Those charges include 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.
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.
As was previously reported, Daboni’s trial was originally set to begin Oct. 13, but was postponed to the next day after Daboni fell in an unofficially disclosed location and was transported to a nearby hospital. During the second day of trial, Jason Holdren, an attorney from Gallipolis, was appointed as Daboni’s counsel. On his client’s behalf, Holdren requested a mistrial Oct. 14, which was granted by Judge Carson Crow.
Holdren told the court the reason for the mistrial request was because of the deterioration of the relationship between Daboni and Potts, his most recent lawyer.
Before Holdren was appointed, Daboni’s most recent lawyer had been fired the week prior to the October trial date. Byron Lee Potts’ office in Columbus stated they received a phone call from Daboni’s sister on Oct. 9, during which the sister allegedly told Potts that Daboni had terminated his services.
Carson also revealed that Daboni had also terminated the services of two prior attorneys. His previous attorneys are listed as Stephen Paul Ames, of Gahanna, and Kerry Robert Toy, of Athens.
The tentative Dec. 14 date for a new trial to begin was rescheduled to May 2 and moved forward with jury selection that morning.
Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney Colleen Williams expects the proceedings to run at least four days. She said her office will present evidence and witness testimony in their case against Daboni that will prove their case.
Daboni is facing charges on similar counts in Franklin and Athens counties, as well as Marietta and Ravenswood, W.Va.
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