Trial date set for former Phenix City Councilman Arthur Sumbry's criminal cases

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 15, 2013 

Two years after his initial indictment, former Phenix City Councilman Arthur L. Sumbry Sr. has finally received a trial date after being accused of forging a warranty deed and lying about it during court.

Sumbry's trial date was set for Aug. 12 during a 10 a.m. status conference between lawyers and Judge Jacob A. Walker III at the Russell County Judicial Center on Friday, Feb. 15. No additional details on the case were given during the meeting.

Sumbry, 71, was first indicted in January 2011 after he was accused of forging a warranty deed he notarized that transferred the home of a 94-year-old man with medical issues. Sumbry claims he witnessed the elderly man, Ambros Adams, sign the deed, but his daughter later said her father wasn't capable of executing legal documents. A hand-writing expert later testified that the signature was faked.

The former councilman later faced additional charges when he allegedly sought to influence a potential juror around the same time as his trial in May 2012. The trial was delayed due to Sumbry's new arrest and the additional charges.

Sumbry has been charged with forgery, perjury, jury tampering, intimidation of a juror and solicitation of perjury. He remains free on bond.

In a trial which took place in early December 2012, Sumbry's co-defendant Ella Mae Sanders was convicted of perjury. She was sentence to four years probation and a six-month jail sentence, which would be suspended on payment of fines.

A previous version of this story had incorrect information. Arthur Sumbry Sr.'s son, Arthur Sumbry Jr., is the coroner.

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