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Norman glass pipe case headed for second trial

NORMAN — A former clerk facing a misdemeanor drug charge for working at a store that sold glass pipes is headed for trial a second time.

James Maxwell Walters, 23, tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to get the case against him dismissed at a hearing in Cleveland County District Court.

City Councilman Stephen Tyler Holman, a former manager of the now-closed Norman head shop, The Friendly Market, also faces felony drug counts. His case is set to go to trial in May.

Walters wore jeans and a T-shirt printed with images of outer space and spun around in his swivel chair for most of the hour and a half-long hearing. His attorney, Blake Lynch, wore a suit with plaid shoes and rainbow-colored confetti socks.

"I have no doubt that the next trial will be just as colorful as the first one was," Special Judge Steve Stice said.

Walters' first trial in October ended in a hung jury, but prosecutors have vowed to press on with the case.

Walters' attorney argued that a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge against his client should be dismissed on the grounds that jurors in a related Feb. 3 trial said the glass pipes sold at The Friendly Market were not drug paraphernalia.

“The only question in any of the cases is: Are glass pipes paraphernalia?” Lynch argued.

On Feb. 3, a jury found Cody Franklin, 24, also a former clerk at The Friendly Market, not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia for selling a glass pipe to an undercover Norman police officer.

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›

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