Britt trial on hold until September
Published 12:27 am Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Natchez — The trial of a Natchez woman accused of transporting three teens to New Orleans, where they allegedly purchased cocaine with her knowledge, was placed on hold Tuesday.
Wanda Britt, 43, 102 Artman Road, was arrested May 10 on charges of three counts of contributing to the delinquincy of a minor.
The teens were girls ages 15, 16 and 17
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The state prosecution and the defense filed a joint motion for a continuance in the matter at 11 a.m. Tuesday so Britt may attend drug treatment counseling.
Judge Charlie Vess granted the continuance until the beginning of September.
“I’m doing this so you can receive the treatment you obviously need,” Vess said to Britt.
If Britt receives a good report, the state will make a motion to revisit the matter, but if she does not receive a good report, the case will be resumed, Vess said.
The charges carry the possibility of three years prison and a $3,000 fine.
Britt and her family members were barred from any contact with the girls, including contact by a third party.
Vess said he wants the matter resolved as soon as possible.
“Any time these kind of charges are alleged, I want this lady exhonerated or justice served,” he said.
Any time a six-pack of beer is given to a minor in Adams County, people cry for justice, Vess said.
“This (cocaine) is a whole lot more than beer,” he said.
Vess charged the girls’ parents to keep an eye on their children.
“If they tell you they’re going to a movie in Jackson and end up in a strip club on Bourbon Street (in New Orleans), everyone needs to be prepared to face the consequences,” he said.