The jury in the Carlton Vines case was sent to lunch early today so that Judge G. Carey Nelson of Bartow County who is presiding over the trial could hear two defense motions.

Defense attornies for Vines first entered a motion to stop the indictment and the second motion was to direct the verdict, which would in affect allow the judge to say evidence was not enough for the jury to reach a verdict.

Both defense motions were denied by Judge Nelson.  Vines’ attornies contend that the suspended State Court Judge is not guilty of anthing more than possessing and mailing sealed ballots.  Vines’ lawyers say that the Georgia Law regarding handling of sealed absontee ballots is  vague.

The trial continues this afternoon.