Maben pulls plug on plea; wants jury trial

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Antonio Maben, left, consults with his lawyer, Attorney Roger Chadwick, during a Superior Court hearing on the status of his case. Maben, who was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing, ended up opting for a jury trial.

NASHUA – On Thursday, for the third time in three weeks, accused drug offender Antonio Maben was about to go before a Superior Court judge for a hearing on a plea agreement he’d reached with prosecutors.

However, just as with the two previous times, the hearing never got off the ground. Instead, Maben, 30, of 38 Arlene Drive in Pelham, informed the court he’d rather take his case to trial.

Judge Charles Temple granted that request, and put Maben’s trial on the docket for July. He also amended Maben’s $10,000 personal recognizance bail to $10,000 cash only as he awaits trial.

Temple also scheduled a trial management conference for July 16, and set jury selection for July 23, with testimony to begin once the jury is seated.

Maben stands charged with two felony and two misdemeanor offenses, which stem from his arrest the night of Feb. 19 in Nashua.

The charges include one count of possession of a controlled drug, second offense, a Class A felony; one count of operating a vehicle as a certified habitual offender, a Class B felony; and two counts of disobeying a police officer, both Class A misdemeanors.

The charges accuse Maben of being in possession of cocaine, after having been convicted on drug-related charges in August 2006, and driving despite his status as a habitual offender on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua.

The charges for disobeying a police officer accuse him of giving police a false name and date of birth after they pulled him over on the turnpike.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.