“It’s going to be a long case, your honor,” Precinct 15 Rep. Keven Joyce’s defense attorney Jack Atwood told Judge Frank Goborne at Plymouth District Court Friday morning.
PLYMOUTH – “It’s going to be a long case, your honor,” Precinct 15 Rep. Keven Joyce’s defense attorney Jack Atwood told Judge Frank Goborne at Plymouth District Court Friday morning.
Atwood said he needs time to examine the state’s evidence against his client prior to a pre-trial hearing and asked for and obtained a continuance of that hearing to Nov. 21.
Joyce stood for the hearing while his wife, Select Board member Shelagh Joyce, sat in the audience.
Moments earlier, Assistant District Attorney Nicolette Chasse told the judge she had a substantial amount of discovery that she attempted to give to Atwood, but was unable to do so. She said she was handing it to him then, and noted that it included bank records, communication documents, a supplemental police report and photographs.
“I’m not sure why I couldn’t see them,” Atwood responded. “It’s going to be a long case, your honor.”
Atwood expressed doubt that the pre-trial would be completed at the continuance time, either, suggesting another continuance was likely.
It’s not clear if this discovery evidence is an additional supplement to something that was already provided, or why Atwood said the case would be particularly long. Chasse did not say why she was unable to provide the discovery documents to Atwood until Friday.
Local police charged Joyce with fiduciary embezzlement, larceny of more than $1,200 by single scheme, and withholding evidence in June after investigating complaints about the collection of user fees at the town-owned building in Cedarville. Joyce was a volunteer manager who oversaw the building’s use.
Police accused him of stealing nearly $28,000 by collecting daily user fees that were never turned over to the town.
The embezzlement charge was later dropped.
The case began with delays, with Atwood requesting and receiving a continued arraignment date.