Updated September 10, 2019


A motion to move an arraignment date for Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely was ordered Monday by the presiding judge.

Retired judge Pride Tompkins, who was appointed to hear the case by the Alabama Supreme Court, moved Blakely's arraignment date to Nov. 12.

The arraignment was first scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26.

Blakely's attorney Mark McDaniel said his client would plead not guilty to the 12 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge he faces as part of an indictment issued last month.

The case against Blakely, which includes allegations of theft and ethics violations, will be presented by the Alabama Attorney General's Office, which was assisted in its investigation by the FBI.

Tompkins was appointed to hear the case by Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker after Limestone County's judges recused themselves from the case.