TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo City Councilwoman Nettie Davis and Tupelo Democratic Municipal Executive Committee Chairman Charles Penson appeared in court on Friday, Oct. 15 after a grand jury indicted both on misdemeanor charges of violating state election laws.
Not much came from Friday morning's extremely brief appearance in court.
They are next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 24, 2022.
The two are accused of asking for money to raffle off to encourage voting in the June 8, 2021, city election.
According to their attorney Jim Waide, the pair are not expected to plead guilty.
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Speaking with WTVA reporter Wayne Hereford, Penson said nothing illegal took place in June.
"When we found that there was such a law and we could conceivably be in violation of it, we shut our operations down," he said. "No money changed hands, and so we look forward to our day in court."
For Davis, the outcome of the case could possibly mean losing her seat on the Tupelo City Council.