Trial pushed back for liquor store clerk accused of selling alcohol to a minor

Nicholas Thompson is accused of selling alcohol to a minor.

More delays in the trial of a liquor store clerk accused of selling alcohol to a minor, leading to the death of an Ottawa Hills teenager.

Nicholas Thompson, a clerk at Foxx Liquor Store on Dorr Street, faces a misdemeanor charge of selling liquor to an underage friend of Brian Hoeflinger. The Ottawa Hills teen was killed in a car crash after driving home drunk in February 2013.

On Tuesday, prosecutors asked Judge James Bates for a continuance in the case because witnesses needed for testimony were no longer in town.

Judge Bates granted the continuance, but expressed his frustration with how long the case is taking.

"At some point in time, we have to pull the trigger and we just have try the case now. I'm going to be available on April 14, and I'm going to make myself available for whatever length of time this trial takes, but we have to get it over with one way or another," Bates said.

If convicted, Thompson could face a fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

The case has been scheduled for April 14.