A Hannibal man entered a plea of not guilty to a felony charge of possession of child pornography Monday, March 20.

A Hannibal man entered a plea of not guilty to a felony charge of possession of child pornography Monday, March 20.

William L. Coleman, of Hannibal and formerly of Ft. Leonard Wood, appeared by video before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd in the Marion County 10th Circuit Court in Hannibal. Public defender Austin Smith represented the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state. Coleman waived formal reading of information pertaining to the case before entering his plea.

Smith requested a hearing for disposition of the case or setting of trial dates at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 17.

Coleman faces a Class D felony charge of possession of child pornography, after a witness reported that she viewed pornographic videos on Coleman's cell phone. The witness provided an affidavit to the Hannibal Police Department, who subsequently seized the phone, according to probable cause documents.

During the preliminary hearing, the witnesses for the defense and prosecution will have the opportunity to present testimony, along with any victims involved in the case. If Jackson finds probable cause that the crime was committed, Coleman will be bound over to the 10th Circuit Court. The defendant also has the option of waiving his right to the hearing.

Coleman remains lodged in the Marion County jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

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