On January 22, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court of Shelby County, Honorable James A. Payne Jr. presiding, ninety-four (94) felony cases were set on the docket for arraignment, status hearings, and other pretrial purposes. Twelve (12) cases were disposed.
In all but a couple of the cases set for status hearings, discovery had been completed. Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires and defense attorneys on numerous of the cases set for status hearing indicated that the cases were close to being resolved via plea bargain.
A number of defendants did not show up for their arraignment at Court. As a result, warrants for their arrest have been issued. The cases that aren’t disposed by plea bargain are set on the May-June trial docket.