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Suspended marshal’s trial postponed until ’15

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The trial of suspended Hope Town Marshal Donald Randy Bailey has been continued until early 2015, according to court records.

Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann granted a request by the prosecution and defense for extra preparation time. The jury trial, originally scheduled to start Tuesday, has been reset for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20, court records show.

Also, a change-of-plea hearing has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 5, and a pretrial conference hearing on pending motions has been reset for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18, according to court records.

Bailey, 50, is accused of making untrue accusations that led to the arrest of Hope resident Anthony Paul.

The suspended marshal is charged with Class D felony misconduct and Class B misdemeanor false informing from an exchange of words he had with Paul outside the marshal’s home in May 2012, according to court affidavits.

Bailey is accused of telling sheriff’s deputies and the Indiana State Police that Paul had threatened him and refused his demand that he leave his property, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Paul was arrested for intimidation and criminal trespassing, but those allegations unraveled after a digital audio recording surfaced of the actual conversation.

Charges against Paul were dropped Aug. 19, 2013 — the same day Bailey was arrested.

Three weeks after his arrest, the Hope Town Council voted to place Bailey on unpaid administrative leave and delay a decision on his future employment until his case was resolved in the court system.

Hope Police officer Matt Talent has been handling Bailey’s duties on an interim basis.

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