McKinney trial postponed for review of evidence

The trial of a Jackson County man accused of alleged sexual crimes involving a 12-year-old girl in August of 2016 has been postponed until June to allow his attorney to review “a considerable amount of material” that was recently introduced into the case, it was noted on Thursday in Jackson County District Court.

Alva McKinney, 39, had been slated to go to trial starting Tuesday on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and indecent solicitation of a child. But last week, McKinney’s defense attorney, James Heathman of Topeka, filed a motion to postpone the trial to a later date due to new evidence being introduced into the case.

District Court Judge Norbert Marek granted Heathman’s motion during a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, rescheduling the three-day trial to begin on Tuesday, June 19 in district court. Marek also scheduled a pre-trial motion hearing for McKinney on Friday, April 27.

In his motion for continuance, Heathman said he had recently received a “substantial” amount of new information related to the mental health history of the alleged victim in McKinney’s case that “appears to be in excess of 1,500 pages” — an amount of information that he said he would not have adequate time to review in time for the trial.

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