Pandemic causes another trial delay for Alabama sheriff
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – The trial of a long-serving Alabama sheriff accused of theft and ethics charges is being delayed again. A circuit judge is citing the coronavirus pandemic for his decision to postpone the case against Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. Blakely was first set to go on trial in March 2020, but the case was delayed until March 29 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Judge Pride Tompkins delayed the case again in an order Saturday and didn’t set a new date. Blakely says he is innocent of the felony charges. A conviction would result in his automatic removal from office.
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