Brainard's court date continued before City Council swearing in

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- A much-anticipated court appearance set for Monday morning has been postponed until the end of the month.

Grand Junction City Councilor-elect Rick Brainard was scheduled to make his first appearance in front of a judge Monday morning on the third degree assault and harassment charges against him, which stem from an alleged fight with his then-girlfriend after the April election.

However, his attorney, Steve Laiche, made the appearance for him and asked for a continuation. The judge approved the request, so Brainard is due back in court on May 31.

Brainard did, however, make it to his swearing in ceremony for city council at 10 Monday morning.

His swearing in wasn't without controversy, as a number of people in the crowd got up and turned their backs on him when he took his oath.

Last month, the city council voted five to one in support of asking Brainard to step down. Brainard told KKCO 11 News he would not withdraw from city council unless voters made that decision for him by going through a legal petition process.

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