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Judge allowing evidence of gambling in Sheriff Blakely’s criminal case

The state said in a court filing that Blakely was gambling at casinos with public money.
Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 7:04 PM CDT
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ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - There was a hearing Monday in the criminal case against Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.

Blakely faces theft and ethics charges.

Prosecutors say they will be able to use evidence about gambling trips allegedly taken by Sheriff Blakely when he goes to trial this summer.

The state said in a court filing that Blakely was gambling at casinos with public money.

Blakey’s defense attorneys tried to keep these allegations out of the trial. They asked the judge to order that it be excluded.

His attorneys said gambling wasn’t mentioned in the indictment against Blakely, and called it character assassination.

The judge ultimately ruled against the defense.

Blakey’s trial is set for July, and jury selection could begin in May.

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