Prosecutors: Forensics backlog delaying sex abuse case

Prosecutors: Forensics backlog delaying sex abuse case

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) - Prosecutors want to delay a motions hearing for a former Muscle Shoals youth minister charged with sodomy and rape.

The state says the forensics backlog in processing key evidence is keeping them from moving forward.

Charles Adcock is accused of sexually abusing a female victim under 16 years old.

Investigators say the alleged acts happened both at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church and at Adcock's Muscle Shoals home between 2010 and 2012.

As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the judge had not made a decision as to whether or not he will continue the case's motions hearing set for Wednesday afternoon.

In their request, the state says key DNA evidence is still being analyzed by the Department of Forensics. They say the evidence is needed in order to address certain motions set forth in the hearing.

Now, because of the current status of the case, District Attorney Brice Graham says he can't release too much information and jeopardize this case - but says he wants to get the case to trial as soon as possible to help the victim and her family find some sort of closure.

"We are waiting for forensic evidence to be tested and basically we're just in a holding pattern based on that right now," Graham said. "Naturally the quicker it happens the better for everybody."

As of now, the case is set for jury trial on the January docket.

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