Trial of longtime Phenix City official postponed

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - The trial of a longtime member of the Phenix City Council charged with forgery and perjury has been delayed until late August.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Phenix City Councilman Arthur L. Sumbry's trial has been postponed until Aug. 29.

The 70-year-old had been slated to stand trial in June on charges that he forged signatures on a deed to a house that he notarized in 2008 while he was serving as a notary public and later lied about it in court under oath.

Sumbry, who is free on a $2,500 bond, has declined to comment on the case. The indictment has not affected his status on the council, but a conviction would require that he be ousted from office.

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