MANATEE -- A pretrial conference in the case surrounding former Bradenton Deputy Police Chief Warren Merriman was pushed back to May 12.
Brett D. McIntosh, of Sarasota-based firm McIntosh Law, spoke briefly before Circuit Court Judge Mark Singer on Tuesday afternoon.
"You've got a lot of discovery to do on that," Singer told the attorney.
McIntosh agreed and requested the case's pretrial conference to be pushed back.
Merriman, a 17-year Bradenton police veteran, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of petty theft Oct. 23, after weeks of investigation. The allegations against him became public Sept. 8 when the city placed Merriman on paid administrative leave.
In mid-December, Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski recommended that his second-in-command be terminated in a 26-page summary he released of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigation into charges of impropriety.
Merriman was later fired after an investigation found he had submitted hours for off-duty details he did not complete and had subordinates do home jobs and errands while on duty. He has pleaded not guilty to related criminal charges.
After he left the courtroom, McIntosh said there were still many depositions to conduct and many documents to look over before the case moves forward through the court system.
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.