Judge Scott McAfee on Thursday agreed to allow two of former President Donald Trump’s co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case — lawyers Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro — to go to trial sooner than the rest of the accused.
Trump and 18 other defendants were charged last month with, among other things, violating Georgia racketeering laws in an effort to overturn the 2020 election. All 19, including Trump, pleaded not guilty.
The judge agreed to sever Chesebro and Powell, so those two will have a joint trial while the remaining 17 defendants will be tried at a later date.
“Defendants Chesebro and Powell will join each other at trial, however, the other 17 defendants are severed from these two. Additional severances may follow. All pretrial deadlines will proceed as scheduled without a stay of proceedings,” McAfee wrote in an order filed in Fulton County superior court.