Denied:Elbert Melton motion for new trial

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The former mayor of Gordon Elbert Melton was convicted by a Houston County jury of falsifying absentee ballots or verification documents. In  September of 2018, a grand jury dismissed one of the three charges of absentee ballot fraud was dismissed because the victim passed away. Melton pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“He did it he knows he done if he wanted my paper he tried 3-4 times at my front until I just shut the door and i said don’t come back to my front door,” Emfinger said.

Melton was also charged with second-degree theft of property for allegedly knowingly obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over $1,700 belonging to the town of Gordon.

Judge Moulton also denied a motion from  Billy Joe Sheffield, melton’s lawyer to allow the former mayor to change his plea to not guilty by mental disease or defect.

Moulton did grant a motion to allow a mental evaluation to be conducted  to observe his ability to stand trial  

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