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Published: September 11, 2019


A MOTION TO MOVE AN ARRAIGNMENT DATE FOR LIMESTONE COUNTY SHERIFF MIKE BLAKELY WAS ORDERED MONDAY BY RETIRED JUDGE PRIDE TOMPKINS, WHO WAS APPOINTED TO HEAR THE CASE BY THE ALABAMA SUPREME COURT.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA SOURCE THE ARRAIGNMENT WAS FIRST SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH BUT A MOTION WAS MADE TO HAVE IT  MOVED TO NOVEMBER 12TH. TOMPKINS WAS APPOINTED TO HEAR THE CASE AFTER LIMESTONE COUNTY'S JUDGES RECUSED THEMSELVES FROM THE CASE.  BLAKELY WAS ARRESTED IN AUGUST AFTER BEING INDICTED ON 13 THEFT AND ETHICS CHARGES.  BLAKELY'S ATTORNEY HAS ADVISED HIS CLIENT WOULD PLEAD NOT GUILTY. THE CASE AGAINST BLAKELY WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, WHICH WAS ASSISTED IN ITS INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI.