Oct. 2 will be an important day for a Bedford County judicial commissioner.
That's the date when the case involving Billy Hardin will either be settled or set for a jury trial.
Commissioner Hardin was indicted for sexual battery and official misconduct -- both of which are felonies, and patronizing prostitution, a misdemeanor. A charge of solicitation of prostitution against Hardin was dropped in June.
Hardin appeared in Bedford County Circuit Criminal Court Thursday before Judge Lee Russell to learn how much time the commissioner has before he no longer has any say about what occurs in his case, the judge explained.
After that date, either the matter would be settled or set for a trial date, Russell said.
Hardin was indicted by a Bedfrd County Grand Jury after being bound over in June. During a preliminary hearing before Judge Andy Myrick of Fayetteville, a Shelbyville police investigator testified his department had audio recordings of Hardin negotiating prices for various sex acts.
Myrick was selected by the state administrator of courts to hear the case because judicial commissioners in the state are under control of the court system and essentially work for judges.