By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A new indictment looms against Tupelo health care executive Ray Shoemaker and a co-defendant in a federal fraud case set for trial soon.
Tuesday, a U.S. District Court docket filing showed an Oct. 11 hearing set in Aberdeen for their arraignment on a new set of charges.
The posting stated that Shoemaker and Batesville businessman Lee Garner Jr. will answer a “superseding indictment” before Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders.
The superseding indictment will replace the Feb. 24 indictment against them, although it wasn’t immediately clear how the charges will change.
The earlier indictment accuses them of multiple federal crimes allegedly committed while Shoemaker was hospital administrator in Batesville.
Neither attorneys for the two men nor federal prosecutors offered any new information about the charges.
Shoemaker, 38, and Garner, 66, are scheduled to go on trial Oct. 31 before Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers.
They have pleaded not guilty and remain free on $50,000 bond each.
Last week, Shoemaker asked the court to delay the trial, saying his attorney, Steven E. Farese Sr. has a Greenville trial set to begin Oct. 11, expected to last at least three weeks.
His motion also said the government had no objections to a delay.