By NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – Assault accusations against Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker will be heard by a federal grand jury.
Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders determined sufficient cause existed and said he can remain out on bond in the meantime.
March 2, Shoemaker was charged with assault and threatening a federal agent during an Oxford trial in which he was convicted on 10 counts related to a hospital kickback-bribery scheme.
He will not be sentenced for several weeks while a pre-sentence report is compiled to advise Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. on his punishment.
Shoemaker still faces federal prosecution on one count of embezzlement from Humphreys County Hospital while he was its administrator.