A former Cold Springs teacher accused of extortion, attempting to produce obscene matter of a child and solicitation of pornography will not get his day in court this month.

The trial for Derrick LePard, 26, has been continued again, due to an abundance of cases on the Cullman County court docket. The trial was previously scheduled to begin on March 15.

A Cullman County grand jury indicted LePard, of Holly Pond, last year on one count of attempted extortion in the second degree and one count of attempting to produce obscene matter of a child under 17-years-old. He was later charged with soliciting pornography by a second grand jury in January. LePard’s attorney Champ Crocker has alleged the new charges are “recycled.”

All of the allegations against LePard stem from the testimony of one person, Crocker said.

LePard has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

“Mr. LePard is ready and has been ready for his day in court,” Crocker said Tuesday. “He is earnestly looking forward to clearing his name as soon as possible.”

 

Read more in Wednesday's The Cullman Times.

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