Walker set for trial in Washington assault case

Ocean Springs businessman and former mayoral candidate Scott J. Walker stood quietly next to his attorney during a status hearing at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia as Judge Judith Retchin set a June 14 trial date on charges of simple assault and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon.

Walker, who had a calm demeanor during the short proceeding, did not speak during the hearing.

Walker earlier this month entered a “not guilty” plea to charges that he assaulted Eleanore Kelly, an aide to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., with whom Walker was having a romantic relationship.

According to Channing Phillips, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, the charges are misdemeanors and Walker faces a maximum of up to 180 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 per violation.

Walker’s attorney, Bernard Grimm, asked the judge that the “stay away” order from accuser Kelly, 27, be modified.

The judge permitted Grimm’s request to allow Walker to accompany him to a block on Capitol Hill where Kelly now lives and which Grimm said was the site of a “prior allegation.” Grimm did not explain the allegation and when asked about it by the Sun Herald, and would only say that it would come out at trial. There are several bars on the 200 block of Massachusetts Ave., N.E.

Last week, Grimm told the Sun Herald that Kelly was inebriated at the time of the alleged assault and that Walker is innocent of the charges and should prevail in the case.

For her part, Kelly told the Sun Herald last week that she is "terrified of Scott Walker," and stands by her claim that Walker assaulted her.

When a Sun Herald reporter spoke to Walker before the hearing, an associate of his attorney stepped between the reporter and Walker and refused to let him answer.