Shahid Freeman to stand trial on claims he extorted schools chief

Clarence Shahid Freeman

Clarence Shahid Freeman

A delay in the murder solicitation retrial of Dalia Dippolito has pushed up the trial of the man accused of trying to extort a former Palm Beach County Schools chief of nearly $1 million.

It’s been nearly three years since Clarence Shahid Freeman’s arrest on e

Freeman’s trial had been on hold for at least a couple of months, but a decision by Florida’s 4th District court of Appeal to hear a petition in Dippolito’s case postponed her retrial, which was scheduled to begin with jury selection May 23 and expected to last another three weeks once Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley seated the panelists.

Now, with nearly a month of trial time free, Kelley has scheduled Freeman’s trial to begin May 20. Lawyers in the case will argue retrial motions in a hearing scheduled for May 16.

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