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Illness Delays Lee County Voter Fraud Trial

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An illness has delayed the start of a voter fraud trial in Lee County for a second time.

Kelli Jo Griffin,40, of Montrose is accused of voting last fall despite a felony conviction.

Her attorney, Curtis Dial, said during a hearing in Keokuk on Wednesday afternoon that he had been diagnosed with the flu.

Dial’s illness initially delayed the start of the trial from Tuesday, March 4 to Thursday, March 6.

Now, District Court Judge Mary Ann Brown has pushed the start date back to Wednesday, March 19.  There were some concerns about Griffin's right to a speedy trial, but Brown said that would be addressed if needed.

Dial was able to fully participate in the hearing on Wednesday, which focused on whether certain witnesses would be allowed to testify.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.