Limestone County Sheriff’s arraignment set for November

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FILE – In this July, 9, 2008 file photo, Limestone County, Ala., Sheriff Mike Blakely speaks to the media following the crash of a small airplane. Blakely, who is in his 10th term in office, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, on multiple theft and ethics charges, according to the Alabama attorney general’s office. (Kim Rynders/Athens News Courier via AP)

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The arraignment hearing for an Alabama sheriff facing theft and ethics charges has been continued to November.

News outlets report that the arraignment for Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely continued from Sept. 26 until Nov. 12.

According to court documents, Blakely’s attorney needed to push back the initial court hearing because of a previously scheduled conflict.

Blakely faces a 13-count indictment. Most of the charges are felony theft and ethics charges.

Blakely, who has been sheriff of the north Alabama county since 1983, was booked into his own jail last month. He was released on bond and continues to serve as sheriff.

His attorney has said Blakely will plead not guilty.

The Alabama Ethics Commission in October referred a complaint against Blakely to state investigators.

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