Sept. trial likely next for Wittman

June 28, 2006|By JAGDIP DHILLON

Former Blast coach Tim Wittman likely will be facing a trial in September after a hearing on Monday in Stockton, Calif., left his misdemeanor case unresolved.

According to Keith McIntosh, deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County, Wittman's attorney, Harry Hudson, asked for a jury trial on Monday. A readiness conference has been scheduled for Aug. 21, and the jury trial date has been set for Sept. 5.

McIntosh said the August date will be held to ensure everyone involved in the case can make the September date. He said Wittman has been ordered to make an appearance on Sept. 5. He said Monday's rulings do not guarantee there will be a trial.

"Cases get set for trial and still get resolved," McIntosh said. "Sometimes as [defendants] get closer to the date, they decide they don't want to go through with it. Ninety percent of criminal cases get resolved without a jury trial."

Wittman allegedly attacked two game officials after his former team's match against the California Cougars on March 18 at Stockton Arena. Wittman is charged with two counts of battery against a sports official. McIntosh said maximum punishment is up to a year in county jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.

Wittman was suspended by the Major Indoor Soccer League for two seasons on April 24.

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