Mellisa Brown

Mellisa Brown walks with court paperwork after a hearing at the Bell County Justice Center on Friday. Her misdemeanor case was moved from the plea docket to the jury trial docket.

BELTON — The misdemeanor case against a former Killeen City Council candidate accused of disrupting a Killeen City Council workshop almost a year ago officially was placed on the county court’s jury trial docket and removed from the plea docket.

Mellisa Brown told the Herald before a hearing on Friday in Judge John Mischtian’s County Court-At-Law 2 that she did not want to take the plea arrangement that was offered and wants her case to be heard in court by 12 jurors.

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Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer. To say that 'this is a case of the Mayor exceeding his authority would just be a laugh. The mayor, in general, almost always exceeds his authority. As per the City of Killeen, Governing Standards and Expectations, Dated 6/27/18, The city council which operates as a City Manager/City Council form of government I wish to call your attention to the following: Regular Meetings - A regular meeting is one during which the city council takes official action. Work session: - A work session is a meeting to discuss oe explore matters of interest to the city, to discuss agenda items, city boards, commissions, or city staff. These meetings are informal and no formal action shall be taken unless the posted agenda indicates otherwise. The Mayor may allow any citizen to participate in the discussion at a work shop session, but only as recognized by the Mayor. Now it has been noted that at Councilwoman Shirley Fleming's request, Ms Brown approached the diaz to speak but was denied a chance to speak although another individual was given the chance to speak just prior to this altercation. Now what kind of justice is this when a person is denied to speak, especially when a citycouncil woman asks her to speak and the mayor, for no good reason, denies this person to speak and gets her arrested and a previous person was allowed to speak. Is this City Mayor operating, especially when it is viewed by the City of Killeen, Governing Standards and Expectations, Dated 6/27/18, and refers to Workshop Sessions which states that 'The Mayor may allow any citizen to participate in the discussion at a work shop session, but only as recognized by the Mayor'. It would appear that this mayor was committed to addressing the citizen as he had permitted a citizen just before her to address the city council. So what could be the motivating force in lieu of Ms. Brown that he would not allow to address the city council and throw her in jail? I have to agree with Ms. Brown that in my opinion, she did not do anything wrong and was operating within the rules of a city council workshop meeting and the mayor was the one who was guilty. I wait to see how this court rules in this case. This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer. One of the 4.28 % who voted.

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