Once again, Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) director John Cooper's criminal trial has been pushed back.

Cooper, 76, is charged with harassment in connection to a land dispute in Marshall County. The land in question is connected to Cooper's estimated $1.5 million lake home and property in Langston.

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ALDOT Director John Cooper. Source: Marshall County Sheriffs Office

Cooper's neighbor, George Carter, told 1819 News that Cooper threatened to shoot him over an easement on his property. The incident happened in June of 2023.

In July, Cooper filed a civil lawsuit against Carter, arguing the easement Carter is using to access his property does not exist.

Both cases have been delayed multiple times due to various reasons.

Attorneys for Carter are now asking for a date in the civil case to be continued as well because counsel will be on duty with the Alabama National Guard during a status review on June 28.

Carter's team said they have been "actively engaged in ongoing settlement negotiations," and they believe the case could be settled or narrowed soon.

The criminal bench trial is now set for September 16.

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