Testimony ends in trial against Fried
KINGMAN - A Kingman man got his day in court against the county last week.
Resident Mervin Fried is charged with misdemeanor trespassing after attempting to bring a pitchfork into the County Administration Building after a protest outside the building on Feb. 16.
Fried and his attorney, Eric Engan, have argued that the pitchfork was a symbol of Fried's dissatisfaction with the county government and that he knew who County Manager Ron Walker was, but that Walker had no authority to limit who entered the building.
Fried has also said that he never planned to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting that day. He had business that he needed to take care of in the Assessor's Office.
The county has countered that as county manager, Walker has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the public and county staff and to make sure that the county government runs as efficiently as possible.
Fried, Walker and Mohave County Sheriff's Office deputy Kevin Gunnoe all testified at the bench trial last Wednesday. Gunnoe was the deputy that arrested Fried.
Engan described Walker's testimony as combative and not wanting to answer questions but to continue on with his own description of events and his authority as county manager.
After hearing nearly six hours of testimony, Phoenix Judge Pro-tempore Paul Julien said he would take the case under advisement and issue a ruling at a later date.