FLINT (WJRT) (9/25/2018) - The criminal case against a former Flint emergency manager has been delayed.
At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday for Gerald Ambrose, his defense attorney asked for more time before a trial date is set. The next status conference is set for Dec. 18.
That's two years after Ambrose was charged with two counts of false pretenses, misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty in connection to the Flint water emergency. He waived his right to a preliminary exam this past January.
Because his case is tied to Howard Croft and Darnell Earley, the judge explained Tuesday that Ambrose's case cannot move forward until their preliminary exams are completed. That hearing is not expected to start until Oct. 15.
Ambrose's defense attorney, William Swor, said he's in regular contact with Special Prosecutor Todd Flood of the Michigan Attorney General's Office.
Ambrose spent three months as Flint's final emergency manager from January to April 2015. Before that, he served as finance director for the three previous emergency managers from 2011 to 2014.