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By David Knopf/Richmond News
A pre-trial hearing scheduled for Friday in the case of Super Bowl Sunday 2011 shooting near Camden was canceled, leading to speculation that the case won’t go to trial next month.
Jerry Nail was to have been tried March 25-28 on three felony charges – first-degree assault, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, both A felonies, and armed criminal action, an unclassified felony. He has been free on bond.
A person with knowledge of the case who asked not to be identified said last Wednesday that a trial was unlikely.
Whether that means a plea arrangement has been agreed to or is being negotiated is not known.
On Friday, only the court bailiff was in the third-floor courtroom at 9 a.m., the scheduled time for Judge Kevin Walden’s pre-trial hearing to settle any unresolved issues. A spokesperson at the prosecuting attorney’s office confirmed the cancelation after Walden, a prosecutor and defense attorney Stanley Thompson failed to appear at the scheduled time.