Another attempt is being made at a preliminary hearing in the Richard Trevor Hubbard case.
The 18-year-old is accused of sexual assault, sexual abuse, felonious restraint and child molestation. He appeared in Ralls County circuit court Wednesday for counsel status, and in the process a new preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Hubbard's original attorney withdrew and he is now represented by Public Defender Jennifer Richardson. Because of the withdraw, the originally scheduled preliminary hearing had to be pushed back.
The 2012 Hannibal High School graduate had a different appearance for this court appointment. His long hair has been buzzed and the back brace he was using following an auto accident earlier this year was off. He walked with a limp and appeared to have a look of fear on his face when he looked at his father as he marched to Judge David Mobley's bench.
Hubbard said nothing and let his new attorney do the talking.
Richardson tried to get her client's bond reduced from $100,000 to $50,000. She noted he would have shipped out today for basic training with the U.S. Navy, but because of the auto accident and his incarceration he is unable to do so. She said Hubbard was holding a job with the Swiss Colony in Hannibal when he was arrested and that charges accusing Hubbard of having sex with a 12-year-old girl in Marion County were not going to be re-filed. They were originally dropped because of Hubbard's intention to go into the military.
"That doesn't mean something hadn't happened," Mobley said.
Request for bond reduction was denied and Hubbard remains in custody with the Ralls County Sheriff Department. He is housed at the Pike County Jail in Bowling Green.
Hubbard still has the opportunity to waive his preliminary hearing which would cause the case to move forward from the associate circuit level to the circuit level where Hubbard would have to face Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd.
Recent high profile cases taken up by Richardson have resulted in waived preliminary hearings and plea bargains. Earlier this year she was victorious in an accused rape case.
Terry Hubbard, the defendant's father, told the Courier-Post, "I'm interested only in the truth."
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