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Lawyer hopes to change court day for ex-Vicksburg mayor

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - An attorney has asked federal judge to reschedule the bribery trial of former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield.

The trial had been scheduled for Sept. 30, but was recently changed to Sept. 23.

Winfield's lawyer, Dennis Sweet, said in a court filing Monday he has another engagement and wants the trial moved back to Sept. 30.

Winfield is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty.

The trial has been rescheduled several times. The FBI arrested Winfield on Feb. 20.

Winfield, a Democrat, completed his first term as mayor this year and lost his re-election bid.

If convicted, Winfield could face up to 10 years in prison.

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