The Clarion-Ledger, 8/6/8

Jackson Mayor Frank Melton has more time to prepare to defend himself against the latest criminal charges leveled against him.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Jordan approved an order Tuesday setting Nov. 12 as the date Melton and his former police bodyguards, Marcus Wright and Michael Recio, will stand trial on federal charges related to damage caused to a northwest Jackson duplex nearly two years ago.

Federal prosecutors didn’t object to the delay.

A federal magistrate judge set an Aug. 18 trial date after Melton, Wright and Recio were served with a three-count federal indictment last month. Attorneys for the trio said they needed additional time to prepare their defense.