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Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Charges For Final Two Of 'Madison 9'

By: Garin Flowers Email
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Residents in a local community rallying for their friends. The Madison Nine remain the Madison Two. Friday

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By: Garin Flowers
May 31, 2013

Prayer and uplift. The two remaining defendants from the Madison Nine say it's the only thing getting them through these tough times.

Tina Johnson and her husband, Earnest Johnson, petitioned a judge two weeks ago to drop the voter fraud charges the two face.

That request was denied, and they will go to trial.

"They need support in this, because it's a very trying time right now, you're facing time for something you know you didn't do," said Donnell Davis, who scheduled the rally for Tina and Earnest Johnson.

The arrests stem from a Madison County school board race back in October of 2011. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement contends there were "extraordinarily disproportionate amount of absentee votes" in the race.

Prosecutors say Tina and Earnest Johnson are the most culpable in this case, because Tina was the person that actually won the school board race.

Judy Ann Crumitie and Montollis Roberson were at the rally and part of the Madison Nine. Their charges were dropped.

"We're still scarred because justice has not prevailed for the other two," Roberson said.

"We won't stopping coming around until everyone is free," Crumitie added.

Now, the waiting game continues and so does prayer as the Johnson's face a trial.

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By: Garin Flowers

A hearing for the remaining defendants in the Madison 9 election fraud case wrapped up around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Tina and Ernest Johnson, the spouses who are still fighting this case, sat side by side as their lawyer defended them.

The judge made it clear he would not make a decision just yet. The defense ask for the charges to be dismissed, but the state stands firm in their effort to pursue a conviction.

The judge did not specify when he will decide to keep the case open or dismiss the charges.


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