18th Judicial District Court Judge Alvin Batiste has deferred a hearing in the case "Audrey McCain versus Demetric Slaughter" until July 31 at 9 a.m.
Meanwhile, an investigation into the fledgling administration of Port Allen Mayor Demetric Slaughter may be nearing its end. Allen Brown of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office said the auditors have met with the mayor and hope to have a public report issued within the next three weeks.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor is giving Slaughter time to respond to their findings before publishing a public report.
Slaughter said she will not have a comment until the report is finished.
Wednesday, May 29, Batiste announced in the courtroom in Port Allen, La., "We won't have a hearing in open court today."
He said, instead, he would meet with counsel in chambers. McCain was present Wednesday, in addition to one of her attorneys, Cy J. D'Aquila of New Roads, La. Slaughter was not present but Phelps Dunbar LLP attorneys Shelton Blunt and Paul LeBlanc were there representing her.
During the status conference which began at approximately 11 a.m. behind closed doors, D'Aquila said the two parties and Batiste reviewed statutes and ordinances, discussing duties of the city's mayor (Slaughter) and Chief Financial Officer (McCain).
The day before, May 28, Slaughter's attorneys filed a "Motion for Summary Judgment," in which they are requesting that the court dismiss all McCain's claims and rule in Slaughter's favor, after the hearing set for July 31.
D'Aquila said the two parties are trying to find a "happy medium" and that ultimately McCain and her attorneys pray for a declaratory judgment in McCain's favor and a permanent injunction preventing Slaughter from interfering with McCain's job duties.
McCain won a preliminary injunction Feb. 20 and was reinstated as CFO after Slaughter fired her without council approval.