Motion: Ellis must file for continuance if he wants trial delay

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Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Burrell Ellis as CEO last week, naming Commissioner Lee May as interim head of the county.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned that a motion has been filed in the case of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, saying that he must ask for a continuance in the case if he wants to have his trial delayed.

Last week, a DeKalb County judge set an Aug. 19. start date for the trial.

A hearing has been set for Friday to discuss any possible continuance in the trial.

Ellis is charged with theft by taking and attempting to extort campaign contributions from people who have county contracts.

Last month, the governor suspended Ellis from office, and if the trial does not start by Aug. 30, state law automatically gives him his job back.

Lee May is serving as interim CEO of DeKalb County.