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Attorneys ask judge to delay Tallahassee businessman J.T. Burnette's trial

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 15:30:41-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — U.S. Attorneys and attorneys for Tallahassee businessman J.T, Burnette are asking that his trial be pushed back.

The attorneys filed the joint motion on Nov. 19.

They're asking that the trial be pushed back at least 60 days from its current January 21, 2020 start date. Instead, they are asking for a status conference on Dec. 9. Attorneys say the push back would allow them more time to comb through evidence.

Burnette is indicted in connection to an FBI probe into bribery and racketeering among City of Tallahassee officials.

Scott Maddox and Paige Carter-Smith were also indicted in that investigation.

They took a plea deal. Their sentencing also got pushed back to January.

On Oct. 21, Burnette's attorneys asked a federal judge to drop the bribery charges against him.