Donald Shepherd, one of Gainesville’s mayoral candidates in last month’s city election, will likely not take his case to trial.
A case management hearing in the state’s grand theft auto case against him was heard before Circuit Judge Mark Moseley Monday afternoon at the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center.
John Lyon Broling, Shepherd’s public defender, said he does not believe the case will go to trial. Broling said negotiations are ongoing with Shepherd to change his current plea of not guilty. Broling said he had an appointment on Sunday with Shepherd, but it was interrupted due to a medical emergency.
Shepherd’s next court date is scheduled for May 9.