When prosecutor Bob Norman came in, he shook Judge DeLaughter’s hand and said, “Judge DeLaughter, I’m sorry. I’m sorry we’re here.”
After he waived reading of the indictment, DeLaughter pled “not guilty to all charges.” He is charged in a five-count indictment.
The trial is set April 6th before Judge Davidson, with motions deadlines of March 5th and a plea deadline of March 23rd.
His lawyer at the hearing was Cyntha Speetjens; at the end, Norman asked for a bench conference. There was a discussion between Magistrate Judge Alexander, Norman, and Speetjens, after which the judge announced that there was a possibility of a conflict with Speetjens, that another attorney would be appearing, and she would be allowed to withdraw.
The judge addressed the defendant as Mr. DeLaughter.