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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella’s trial postponed until summer

By Steve Plunkett

The trial of former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella will be at least three months later than first scheduled.

Circuit Judge Charles Burton will hold a calendar call in the case at 9:30 a.m. July 21, according to a notice of hearing posted March 8.

Lucibella, 63, is charged with felony battery on a police officer and resisting the officer with violence. He also faces a misdemeanor count of using a firearm in his backyard while under the influence of alcohol. He has pleaded not guilty.

Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt and Lucibella’s defense attorney, Marc Shiner, both told the judge they could not question all the witnesses by April 10, the trial’s original start date.

“As such, the parties agree additional time is needed to complete discovery and prepare for trial,” Shiner said in a stipulated motion.

Shiner also waived Lucibella’s right to a speedy trial.

Ocean Ridge police went to Lucibella’s oceanfront home Oct. 22 after neighbors reported hearing gunfire. They confiscated a .40-caliber handgun and found five spent shell casings on the patio.

Lucibella resigned his vice mayor and town commissioner positions Dec. 7.

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