Waterproof mayor’s trial interupted

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 2, 2010

WATERPROOF, La. (AP) — The trial against Waterproof Mayor Bobby Higginbotham was interrupted after he complained of chest pains.

The News Star reported on Thursday that Higginbotham complained of chest pains and sought medical attention.

According to District Attorney James Paxton, a physician later determined Higginbotham had not suffered a heart attack but referred him to a cardiologist as a precaution.

Higginbotham is standing trial this week on public corruption charges.

In February 2009, a grand jury indicted Higginbotham on 44 counts, including multiple charges of malfeasance in office, felony theft, deducting payroll, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft.