A Douglas County commissioner and his wife will be tried next month on charges stemming from a domestic disturbance more than a week ago at their rural home.
Trials for Jere McElhaney and Debra McElhaney were set for different times on Jan. 26. They will be heard by retired Shawnee County Judge Adrian Allen.
The McElhaneys made their first appearances Monday in Douglas County District Court after both were charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and disorderly conduct. Both entered pleas of not guilty.
Because Jere McElhaney is a county official, the prosecution in both cases is being handled by Jefferson County Atty. Mike Hayes.
Jere McElhaney appeared at Monday's meeting of the Douglas County Commission and took part in the handling of routine business with fellow commissioners Charles Jones and Bob Johnson. No mention was made of the case against him.
At the end of a meeting last week, which McElhaney did not attend because of a family matter, Jones suggested that McElhaney recuse himself from handling county business involving the offices of the sheriff, the district attorney and the courts while his case is pending.
McElhaney told the Journal-World he would not recuse himself from any county business. The matter was not brought up during Monday's meeting.
"We both are aware of what the other's position is at this point and hopefully things will work out for the best," Jones said after the meeting.