Published 2/22/2021

A retired appellate judge has been assigned to the trial of Limestone County's Sheriff, Mike Blakely.

Former Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Pamela W. Baschab will take over as presiding judge after retired Colbert County Circuit Court Judge Pride Tompkins recused himself from the case.

Blakely's trial was set to begin last March, but one week after jury selection began, the pandemic also began, bringing all trials to a halt. Months later that a new date was announced, but it also was continued due to the pandemic.

Blakely, pleaded not guilty to a 13-count indictment in his November 2019 arraignment. Two of the counts were later dismissed.