JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- Matthew Herron has opted to face a jury for his criminal charges.

In May, Herron appeared in criminal court regarding a felony case where he is charged with reckless endangerment and two counts of unlawful possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

In court yesterday, Herron was told he had two options to resolve his case.

The ultimatum comes after he completed a mental health evaluation that was ordered by the court.

The case can move forward “one of two ways,” said Eighth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Zach Walden.

It could be scheduled in a way that would provide Herron time to “negotiate with the state” or if he chose not to negotiate, it would be set for trial, Walden said.

“I can’t negotiate with the state,” Herron said.

Matthew Herron

Walden then gave Herron a May 7, 2024, trial date.

This prompted Herron to object to the scheduling because it “was past the time for a speedy trial.”

Walden corrected him on this explaining he was arraigned on May 30, 2023, and the trial date is within a year of the arraignment.

Herron has claimed sovereign citizenship and has opted to represent himself in the case. Since his arraignment, Herron has filed numerous motions in the case including one asking for the judge and prosecutor to prove their identities; that motion was denied.

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