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COLUMBUS, GA - (WTVM) - Attorney Shevon Thomas, who represents fired Parks & Recreation Director Tony Adams, withdrew his motion for a gag order Friday morning.
He and the defense team instead asked for a preliminary hearing on probable cause. They feel Adams' arrest August 24th was a rush to judgment.
Judge John Allen granted their request and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 15th at 9:00 a.m.
Mayor Jim Wetherington and Police Chief Ricky Boren were in the court, but Wetherington left early in the proceedings.
In a 6 to 3 vote Tuesday night, Columbus City Council removed Adams from his position as Parks and Recreation Department director.
[Read: Columbus Parks & Rec Director removed]
Adams and two others, recreation specialist Herman Porter and William Fox of East Marietta Basketball Inc., have been charged with misappropriation of more than $200,000 in money involving the Nike-sponsored Georgia Blazers, an elite travel basketball team operated by the city and formerly coached by Adams.
[Read: Third arrest made in Parks and Recreation investigation]
Porter was suspended by the city of Columbus without pay after he and Adams were arrested last month.
[Read: City parks director and specialist arrested]
News Leader 9 is following this developing story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.
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