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Dumler Trial Date Set

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A trial date has been set for the case to remove an Albemarle County Supervisor from power.  Chris Dumler had a hearing Tuesday morning in Albemarle County Circuit Court and both sides were not ready to move forward. 

In January, Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. Under Virginia law, members of a board of supervisors who are convicted of a misdemeanor crime don't have to step down.

Earl Smith organized a petition in an attempt to oust Dumler from his position on the board following his guilty plea.  Smith says the conviction is hampering Dumler's ability to be a supervisor for the Scottsville District.

Dumler appeared in court Tuesday for the first time for the case, however, both sides were not ready to move forward.   A motions date has been set for April 29 at 9:00 a.m. A bench trial has been set for May 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Special Prosecutor Michael R. Doucett, Lynchburg commonwealth's attorney, said he was just appointed to the case and reviewed the file on Sunday.   Doucett says he will file a bill of particulars -  a detailed, formal, written statement of charges or claims by a plaintiff.

Dumler's attorney said she will be filing a motion within the next two weeks.

Dumler was greeted by a slew of protestors as he left court. 

"Why does Mr. Dumler all the time decide he doesn't have to follow the rules?  Doesn't have to follow the law and he can lie to the voters blatantly," said Steven Peters, protester.

Dumler still refuses to step aside from him position on the Board of Supervisors. Dumler and his attorney had no comment on the way out. 

If the case is dismissed in favor of Dumler, the court can require that Albemarle County - also known as the taxpayers - pay for court costs and Dumler's attorney fees.

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