Court documents also indicate Miller called another manager the night before Wills’ employment ended and told that manager to go to the Miller Lane location. That manager, a white male younger than Wills, was at the store 90 minutes after Wills left, was named interim manager and ultimately named general manager.
Several motions and briefs have been filed in the case scheduled for Judge Timothy N. O’Connell’s courtroom. Disputes range from whether or not references to Wills’ Social Security benefits should be allowed in testimony to whether or not the defense can prevent a plantiff’s expert witness from taking the stand.
Another issue in which a ruling had not been announced involved the defendant’s motion to separate the liability, compensatory and punitive portions of the trial, if needed. Court documents showed the sides were far apart in settlement negotiations.
Based on attorneys’ estimates for their cases, the trial could stretch into next week.