By REGGIE ROSS
The trial of Ward Five City Councilman Joshua Hughes has been continued pending new evidence and discoveries brought about in court today.
Fifth Circuit Judge George Mitchell Jr. continued the trial to Monday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m., a decision he made after seating jurors this morning.
Hughes is facing two counts of perjury after a bind over order was filed in Grenada County Circuit Court by Chancery Judge Vickie B. Daniels in April 2017.
Hughes was represented by his attorney Willie Perkins of Greenwood.
According to the order, the first violation occurred on June 30, 2016, and the second violation occurred on Aug. 1 of that year.
The incident stems from an exchange during a child support hearing in Chancery Court, which led to Hughes being incarcerated by Daniels.
According to court records, Hughes was released after paying back child support.
Court records showed that during the hearing, Hughes told the court that he made a certain amount of money per week, but the court showed that income from his former employer Townes Funeral Home doubled that amount.
Watch for an update in Friday’s print and online edition.
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