Far from heading to bed, it looks as if the accusation of theft against Bel Air Town Commissioner Terry Hanley may be staying up for awhile longer.
Bel Air Town Commissioner Terry Hanley appeared in Cecil County District Court Wednesday morning for what was scheduled to be the start of his trial on a charge of theft. But Hanley requested a jury trial, according to court documents, virtually guaranteeing a delay in any further action in the case until after Tuesday’s town elections.
No date has been scheduled for further proceedings.
Hanley faced one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 in connection with a used car deal earlier this year. Hanley told The Dagger last week that he expected to put the matter to rest at the Wednesday appearance.
“We’re gonna put that baby to bed,” he said at the time. “I mean, I’m not the judge, but that’s what I hope will happen.”
In that interview, Hanley gave no clear indication of an intention to ask for a jury trial. He was unavailable for comment Wednesday evening.
Hanley, a town commissioner since 2003, is one of five candidates seeking three seats. Also running are fellow incumbents Eddie Hopkins and Rob Reier, and challengers Greg Adolph and Susan Burdette.