Jury trial begins in county lawsuit

Former LeFlore County Deputies Burell Shipman and Dale Fout filed a lawsuit against the LeFlore County Board of County Commissioners in 2006. On Monday a jury was picked and the trial began.Shipman and Fout allege in their petition against the commissioners they were owed payment for compensation wages and holiday pay. They claim Sheriff Roy Gentry approved the payments but when the payroll warrant was submitted to the commissioners, it was denied. The two are seeking in excess of $30,000 each in back wages.The commissioners named as defendants in the case are Carol Rogers, Lance Smith and Freddy Cox. Court is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today in Associate District Judge Ted Knight's courtroom.