The Clarion-Ledger, 7/24/8

With an Aug. 18 trial date bearing down in federal court, Jackson Mayor Frank Melton said he still has not settled on his defense attorney.

“We’re still putting the team together,” he said Wednesday.

The mayor will have more time to mount a defense if a motion to delay the trial is granted. John Colette of Jackson, the attorney for Melton’s ex-bodyguard, Marcus Wright, filed for a continuance Wednesday, partly on grounds that Melton and another former bodyguard, Michael Recio, have “been unable to secure defense counsel to represent them at trial.”