(08/19/2009)
There will be no trial Thursday for John Manis Richards, according to Gilmer Circuit Clerk Karen Elkin.

Richards, through his attorney Christopher Moffatt, is reportedly pleading to charges brought against him, related to the theft of materials and equipment at Glenville's Hardman Supply in 2007.

He will appear in Gilmer Circuit Court at 11:30 a.m.

Last month, Special Judge Larry Starcher reinstated Richards' bond and suspended a capias order that would have required he be picked-up to make an appearance before the court.

Richard's had been a no-show because of a series of situations since 2008, most recently because of a medical condition.

Richards did appear before Judge Starcher after being released from a Parkersburg hospital.

Judge Starcher told Richards and attorney Moffatt that they must appear August 20th, at which time the judge will consider several motions they have made.

Judge Starcher indicated "a last time effort" on the court's part to move the criminal case along.

Richards reportedly told the court he has a disease involving a tumor on his adrenal gland, and that he will be undergoing further tests that could indicate surgery. He also said he has other health problems.

The trial has been delayed numerous times since 2008, with a series of new attorneys being appointed to Richard's defense, in addition to the recusals of local judges.

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