An Enterprise man is wanted after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest when a Coffee County jury found him guilty of trafficking cocaine.
Assistant Coffee County District Attorney Chris Kamanski said a Coffee County jury found 30-year-old Jason Jerome Scott guilty of two felony drug charges, including trafficking cocaine and first-degree possession of marijuana.
But Kamanski said Scott is considered wanted by the authorities after he failed to show up for his own trial on the drug trafficking charge. Kamanski said the court made a finding that Scott “willfully refused” to show up for trial.
The court made its determination after questioning Scott’s lawyer, who had apparently met with his client the day before trial and didn’t know why his client wasn't there.
Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Kelley presided over the trial in Coffee County.
“This is the first time where I’ve ever been involved in a trial where it’s been done, it’s a very very rare occurrence,” Kamanski said of holding a trial for a defendant who wasn't present.
At the conclusion of the trial prosecutors asked the court to revoke Scott’s bail since he had still failed to show up for court. Kelley revoked Scott’s bail and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Kamanski said the cocaine trafficking warrant stemmed from an arrest by Enterprise police, which court records show was made on Feb. 28, 2012. He said the jury found Scott guilty of trafficking about 30 grams of cocaine.
Kelley scheduled a sentencing hearing for Scott to occur on Nov. 18.
Kamanski said after his capture prosecutors plan to prove Scott faces an enhanced sentence of life or life without the opportunity for parole because of his extensive criminal history. Kamanski said Scott has three prior felony convictions.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jason Jerome Scott can contact the Enterprise Police Department at 334-347-1211 or the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-894-5535.
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