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Pretrial dates set in several cases

A special prosecutor will be appointed in the death of a Clinton attorney.

Rosendo Meek, 27, is facing a manslaughter charge in the May 4, 2012, death of Brett Blakney, a lawyer and owner of a downtown Clinton restaurant. Blakney died several hours after he was punched in the face and struck his head on the sidewalk outside his restaurant.

Meek is now represented by attorney James W. Wyatt. Meek’s pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 12. Bob McMahan of the office of Prosecutor Coordinator will recommend a special prosecutor.

Also in Judge Charles Clawson’s Van Buren County Circuit courtroom on June 22 was David Cook, who faces several drug-related charges as well as a rape charge.

Cook was granted a $75,000 bond for all charges, according to court documents. His pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 5, 2012. He is being represented by Marshall attorney Jerry Patterson.

Jerry Hausler, charged with failure to register as a sex offender, will be back in court for pretrial on Sept. 5.

A pretrial date of Sept. 5 also has been set for Lance Campbell, a former coach in the Clinton School District. Campbell has been charged with sexual assault in the first degree. His bond has been set at $20,000.

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