Chip Dillard Trial - Day One
On Sunday, authorities quietly moved indicted Florence attorney Edward Ray Dillard from custody in Lawrence County to the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Dillard (shown above in a previous Georgia arrest), known as "Chip," had been held outside the county due to his familarity with many Lauderdale County defendants in custody at the LCDC.
Dillard's co-defendant, 86 year old Timothy Wylie Staggs, has been held in the county facility for several months. This week's trial offers both men a chance at freedom.
Of the pair, Dillard faces more numerous and serious charges. Specifically, the 54 year old Coffee High/University of Alabama grad has been indicted as follows:
May 26, 2016 -
Second Degree Human Trafficking - Seven counts
Second Degree Attempted Human Trafficking - Four Counts
Second Degree Sexual Abuse - One Count
Making Terrorist Threats - Two Counts
Witness Intimidation - One Count
July 14, 2016 -
First Degree Human Trafficking of an Adult - One Count
First Degree Human Trafficking of a Minor - One Count
Second Degree Human Trafficking - One Count
Attempting to Bribe a Witness - Two Counts
Destruction of Evidence - Two Counts
Evidence Tampering - Two Counts
Jury Selection is expected to be completed today with testimony beginning tomorrow at the Lauderdale County Court House. All Lauderdale judges have recused themselves from the case.