MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - A federal judge has delayed the start of the trial of two defendants accused of being members of a drug ring led by Craig Petties that moved narcotics from Mexico into several U.S. states.
Judge Samuel Mays decided Thursday to push back the start date for the trial of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis from Jan. 17 to Feb. 6 because one of the defense lawyers is ill.
Mays also ruled that only six people - the defense lawyers and the federal prosecutors - will be allowed to know the names of the jurors to protect their identity for security reasons.
Petties has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing on several charges, including racketeering and four murders-for-hire. A handful of other drug ring members also have pleaded guilty.