Hearing set for meth home remediation contractor

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has scheduled a hearing to determine if a Tennessee contractor charged with illegally certifying that homes where methamphetamine was produced were livable again will go to trial or accept a plea agreement.

William J. Morrow, the attorney for Douglas Earl McCasland, said Friday his client has not decided whether to go to trial or change his not guilty plea on charges of mail fraud and making false statements regarding the proper remediation of houses where meth had been made. U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen set a Dec. 5 hearing for McCasland to inform the court of his decision.

In Tennessee, all harmful meth residues must be removed from a house before people can live in it again. Prosecutors say McCasland improperly certified meth homes for re-habitation.

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