Bail bondsman Kenneth Waters appeared in court for a short hearing Friday morning to confirm the trial date in his case and set another readiness and settlement hearing.
Judge Daniel B. Proud, prosector Trish Kelliher and defense attorney Richard Dudek confirmed the trial start date of Dec. 11, 2012, with an estimated time of three days.
Dudek also took the time to explain the confusion over the last hearing, where neither he nor his client appeared on Oct. 17. Neither were aware of the hearing, with Dudek believing that the hearing was supposed to be on Oct. 12, and his client knew of neither date.
The judge replied that he, too, had been confused after the failure to appear at the last court date, but as Waters was not in attendance, the bench warrant that had been held would be thrown out.
A June preliminary hearing featured the testimony of the 22-year-old victim, “Jane Doe,” who claimed that Waters offered sexual acts in exchange for halving the price of bail, as Doe was in jail on a DUI charge.
The next hearing in Waters’ case will be on Nov. 16 for another readiness and settlement hearing to confirm the trial date.