Judge delays Jackson trial for assault
By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly
Thursday, December 6, 2018
HERTFORD — A judge agreed Wednesday to postpone Hertford Town Councilor Quentin Jackson’s assault trial until Jan. 16 to give his attorney more time to prepare a defense.
Jackson is accused of punching fellow Hertford Councilman Sid Eley in the head on Oct. 1. The District Attorney’s office filed charges of assault on a government official against Jackson a week later.
Jackson’s court-appointed attorney, Preston Tyndall, told District Court Judge Eula Reid that Wednesday was the first day he had a chance to talk to Jackson about the charge against him.
Assistant District Attorney Holly Metzger urged Reid to let trial proceed on Wednesday.
“We have seven witnesses here right now,” Metzger said. “We are ready to go today.”
Reid said in fairness to Jackson, she would grant Tyndall’s request.
Jackson admits punching Eley but claims he did so in self-defense. Jackson said the altercation happened following a town council meeting after he asked Eley a question about his support for the Perquimans Democratic Party. Jackson claims Eley stood up, got close to him and became visibly angry.
Jackson said he asked Eley several times to “get out of my face” and when Eley didn’t, he struck Eley on the side of his head.
Eley, who initially obtained a magistrate’s warrant for simple assault against Jackson, has declined to comment on the incident.
“I have been advised by law enforcement to only say that the matter is under investigation,” Eley said after the incident first happened.