MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Chessie Wood was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, August 6 in Mobile.
The hearing was postponed until August 14 because a court reporter was not present and the defense agreed to pay for one.
Wood, the mother of missing teenager Brittney Wood , is charged with two counts of first degree sodomy and one count of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.
She has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been free on bail.
Wood was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Tuesday in District Court Judge Jay York's court.
Nicki Patterson with the Mobile County District Attorney's Office said, "We just live to fight another day. This has been reset."
"MORE TENTACLES THAN A HYDRA"
Wood's attorney, Michael McDuffie, filed a motion asking the court to provide a court reporter to record the hearing, at the state's expense, saying Wood is indigent.
McDuffie also said the case has characteristics of the Salem Witch Trials, and that it has more tentacles than a hydra, a mythological beast.
He said, "They want the case to, basically, talk about one incident between my client and a minor child. I'm trying to expand the case to include other elements. My client's child, I think the evidence is overwhelming that my client's child Brittney, was murdered by the major person who's involved in this case, who, 40 hours later, committed suicide with her firearm."
McDuffie was referring to Brittney's uncle, Donald Ray Holland.
"I think it's part of the case. To suggest that the murder of Brittney Wood is not part of this case is tantamount to saying that recruiting is not part of Alabama football. They go together, it can't be separated."
McDuffie said a court reporter couldn't be found Tuesday, so the hearing was postponed.
He said, "They're difficult to find, number one; and they're all busy, number two. So, probably what I'm going to have to do is to hire an independent reporter and bring him at my expense, which is okay."
"If the defendant wants to pay for a court reporter, I don't object to that. I would just like for them to have it available on the day when it's set for trial," Patterson said.
WOOD'S ATTORNEY SAYS SHE'S INNOCENT
Law enforcement investigators have said Wood sexually abused a 10-year-old girl in 2009. Police have said they believe it was a onetime act of abuse.
McDuffie maintains Wood's innocence.
He said, "She's not guilty. There's no way she's guilty."
NEXT COURT HEARING
During the hearing, prosecutors will present evidence related to the charges against Wood, and Judge York will determine whether to send the case to a grand jury.
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