Drug trial of former VRI leader Richard Bennett delayed

Richard Bennett
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The misdemeanor trial for former VRI leader Richard Bennett was delayed today after a prosecutor requested a continuance.

Bennett was arrested in June after police found him inside a parked car in East Lake Park with a woman, two open Budweiser bottles, an open bottle of Patron tequila and a baggie with less than a gram of marijuana. Police also found hydrocodone pills in a keychain container.

At the time, Bennett's A Better Tomorrow nonprofit was scheduled to take over the critical social services arm of the Violence Reduction Initiative. But after he was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and violation of open container laws, the city pulled its support. Hope for the Inner City took over as the home of VRI social services.

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