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Phenix City Councilman charged with perjury, intimidation of juror

On the same day court documents allege he approached a juror, a Phenix City Councilman has been arrested on more charges.

Russell County Sheriff's officials confirm to News Leader 9, Phenix City Councilman Authur Sumbry, Sr. turned himself in and was charged with perjury and intimidation of a juror as well as another misdemeanor charge.   

Sumbry is scheduled to go on trial Monday, April 14 for forgery and perjury.   

A motion filed by the Russell County District Attorney's Office requests to delay the trial, prosecutors filed court documents asking for a continuance claiming Sumbry approached a member of the jury pool and showed them evidence on Friday. 

Sumbry's attorneys told News Leader 9 in a statement that, "Mr. Sumbry denies all allegations of wrong doing, and specifically denies the allegation Mr. Kenneth Davis alleged on May 11, 2012". 

They added, "Our client, Arthur Sumbry, Sr., is disappointed that this matter has been continued. He was prepared to go to trial on May 14th and would have been found not guilty." 

Russell County District Attorney, Kenneth Davis, did not want to comment on the matter Friday.

Sumbry, 71, turned himself into authorities in January 2011 on forgery and perjury charges. 
 
The federal charges stemmed from a business situation in 2008 when Sumbry was acting as a notary.  He is accused of forging signatures on a legal document that he notarized and later lied about it in court while under oath. 

Officials tell News Leader 9 Sumbry has been a member of city council, on and off, for the past 25 years.
 
FOX 54 will have the latest information on this story as soon as it becomes available. 

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