GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Former state lawmaker Stephen LaRoque was in court Thursday morning.
The hearing was scheduled to determine if the former state representative will get a new trial for ten of the twelve counts he was convicted of in June. LaRoque's charges include money laundering, theft and giving false information.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Malcolm Howard determined both sides needed more time to make a decision.
A judge ruled in August there was misconduct during LaRoque's original trial. According to court documents, one of the jurors did online research on filing taxes, which was relevant to two counts against LaRoque of making and subscribing a false tax return. LaRoque was granted a new trial for those two counts.
However, his lawyer, Joe Cheshire, believes the other ten counts should be thrown out as well.
"The law basically says that the jury should make a verdict determined on what they hear in the courtroom and on nothing else" Cheshire said.
A sentencing date has not been set for LaRoque on the remaining ten convictions. While they await the outcome of the hearing, LaRoque remains out of jail.
"I think he's anxious to have a resolution. I think everyone's anxious to have a resolution. I think he also knows that this is a very important step in his case," Cheshire said.
LaRoque's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Federal Courthouse in Greenville.
Stay with NewsChannel 12 as we continue to follow this developing story.
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