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Matt Reardon pleads not guilty; trial June 5

A Lafayette Count man who was arrested earlier this month for disorderly conduct after being told to leave from in front of the courthouse while waving the state flag pleaded not guilty Monday at Justice Court.

Matt Reardon filed his not guilty plea before his scheduled arraignment hearing set for Tuesday morning. Reardon’s trial has been set for June 5.

Reardon, 30, was charged with disorderly conduct on May 1 after a Lafayette County sheriff’s deputy asked him to move from standing in front of the Confederate statue on the south side of the courthouse. The deputy told Reardon he would have to move since he did not have a permit to assemble or protest on county property.

Reardon started to walk away but then turned around and approached the deputy asking for his name and badge number. The deputy placed Reardon under arrest. He was taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he was booked on a $250 bond.