SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - They've got the people lined up and a new date for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' traffic hearing.
The court has been working on this since the beginning of May. Last week, they finally chose a new judge. Now they've added a prosecutor and decided when the hearing will happen.
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will be back in DeSoto County Justice Court on July 31 at 2 p.m.
"The special judge has been appointed, Steve Ross from Tallahatchie County and Chuck Graves is the county prosecutor in Tunica County," says clerk Shirley Beshears.
Davis is pleading not guilty to two misdemeanors. A DeSoto County school bus driver says he passed her stopped bus to pull over another driver and he used flashing blue lights to do it.
In May, Davis and his lawyer requested the new legal team.
"If the mayor is found not guilty, some out there would be saying 'Oh it was a fix. He was friends with the judge, friends with the prosecutor.' There are always naysayers out there," says Steve Farese. "This is to prevent any appearance of impropriety."
Beshears expects the trial to take place in one day. Both the judge and prosecutor will travel to Southaven.
The prosecutor will be paid $100 for the day. The judge gets .55 cents a mile to travel from Tallahatchie County and a lunch reimbursement.
While the hearing will be in DeSoto Justice Court, it may be held in a separate court room if it interferes with the court's regular schedule.