Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank today in Greenville appointed a public defender for Burgess, who was indicted last week on a count of having a weapon and ammunition as a convicted felon.
United States District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan signed an order setting Burgess’s arraignment date for the May 16 term of court in New Bern, records show.
A pre-trial conference will be held on April 12 and motions are due by April 26.
Burgess’s indictment stems from a shots fired call last October in the area of Highway 48 and Carolina Rest Home Road and a subsequent traffic stop.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Roger Jenkins encountered Burgess, 34, and a handgun fell from his pants leg.
Burgess was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of firearm by felon.