Judge frustrated with delay in trial of liquor store clerkWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge James Bates expressed frustration March 25 at another delay in the trial of a liquor store clerk accused of selling liquor to a minor.
The trial of Nicholas Thompson was postponed after the prosecution asked the judge for more time to secure out-of-state witnesses.
Bates said the case, which has been postponed several times during the past few months, is the oldest misdemeanor case on his docket and needs to be resolved “one way or the other.”
A new trial date was set for April 14.
Thompson, who appeared in court, is charged with selling alcohol to an underage friend of 18-year-old Brian Hoeflinger on Feb. 1, 2013, at Foxx Liquor Store on Dorr Street. Hoeflinger was killed in an alcohol-related crash later that night.
Hoeflinger’s parents, Brian and Cindy Hoeflinger, were in the courtroom. After the accident, the couple founded an organization Brian Matters and have become national advocates against teen alcohol use and abuse.