Ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's federal trial put on hold until Nov. 13

Trial postponed until Nov. 13 to give defense attorney Gerald Evelyn time to recover from illness

Published On: Nov 02 2012 11:57:28 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 02 2012 12:40:10 PM EDT
Evelyn walking into court
DETROIT -

The federal corruption trial against former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and three other defendants has been postponed until Nov. 13 to give a defense lawyer time to recover from an illness.

Attorney Gerald Evelyn, who represents defendant Bobby Ferguson, became ill Monday while cross-examining a witness in court. Evelyn was wheeled out of the courtroom on a stretcher.

Evelyn was hospitalized and underwent medical tests which revealed he had not suffered a heart attack or stroke. He is home and has been in stable condition since but is still recovering.

Judge Nancy Edmunds decided Friday morning to give Evelyn more time to recover.

The defendants in the trial include Kilpatrick, Ferguson, Kilpatrick's father Bernard and ex-Detroit water chief Victor Mercado.

Kilpatrick faces tax, conspiracy, fraud, extortion and bribery charges.

Kilpatrick was elected mayor in 2001. The married mayor resigned in 2008, pleading guilty to obstructing justice for lying about having sex with Beatty.

He served 14 months in prison for violating probation in that case.