Hearing for Cecil Thomas moved to February

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cape Girardeau clergyman Rev. Cecil Thomas Jr., won't appear in court in Mississippi County, Ark., until February.

Thomas was originally scheduled for a jury trial today when a warrant for his arrest was issued on Nov. 9 by an Arkansas judge. That warrant was later revoked after Thomas was arrested by local police. Thomas' attorney, Roy C. Lewellen, said last week the warrant was issued for failure to appear after a mix-up on the court date in the circuit clerk's office in Arkansas.

Thomas is the pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. He has been charged with three felony counts of theft at his former church in Osceola, Ark., accused of writing unauthorized checks to himself.

Thomas is now scheduled to appear in court for a motion and plea hearing on Feb. 15, with a possible trial date of Feb. 24-28.

Thomas has proclaimed his innocence, calling the charges against him "bogus."

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