WAVERLY, VA (WWBT) - Waverly Mayor Walter Mason, who is charged with 12 counts of election fraud, made his first court appearance Wednesday claiming his innocence.
According to the indictments released in March, Mason "unlawfully and feloniously, willfully make a false statement or entry on an absentee ballot application," four different times between February and April of 2016. He is also accused of helping seven people "in a violation of absentee voting procedures."
On Wednesday, special prosecutor and Botetourt County Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom and Mason's attorney Joe Morrissey filing a joint motion to continue the case until June 21.
Morrissey said his client will remain in office during this case, according to the Sussex-Surry Dispatch.
"He's the people's choice. They elected him, winning overwhelmingly with 43 percent of the vote in a four-person race and people in Waverly love him," said Morrissey. "He's done a great job and he will continue to do that great job and, at the end of the day, you will find out that [there was] absolutely no criminal intent whatsoever."
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