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Jury trial delayed when defense attorney drops dumbbell on his head

May 19, 2005

For Immediate Release

Lynchburg, Virginia

Media Contact

Vicki Mann

(434) 455-3776

With witnesses and jurors waiting in the courtroom, the trial of  Anthony Lee Bowling scheduled for May 19, 2005 was continued when defense attorney Mark Arthur called in sick the morning of trial. According to Arthur’s law partner, Arthur was feeling woozy and had to go to the doctor because he had dropped a barbell on his head while lifting weights earlier that morning.

This was the second time that Arthur had asked the judge to continue the case. The first continuance also occurred on the day of trial when a police officer whom Arthur told the court was a critical witness could not appear. Prosecutor Jeff Bennett objected to Thursday’s continuance noting that Arthur had failed to subpoena either the officer or any other witnesses for that morning's trial.  Despite the Commonwealth’s objection, Judge J. Leyburn Mosby granted the continuance. The case will have to be reset at a later date. Meanwhile, Arthur’s client remains in jail awaiting trial.