(08/17/2009)
Calhoun resident John Manis Richards is scheduled to stand trial Thursday in Glenville for allegedly stealing materials and equipment from Hardman Supply in Glenville.

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

Richards has been a no-show because of a series of situations since 2008, most recently because of a medical condition.

Richards appeared before Judge Starcher in Glenville, reportedly after being released from a Parkersburg hospital.

Judge Starcher told Richards and his attorney Christopher Moffatt that they must appear at 9 a.m. on August 20th, at which time the judge will consider several motions being made by Moffatt, including a motion to dismiss the charges.

Following the hearings on the motions, Richards' trial is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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 Richards' defense, in addition to the recusals of local judges.

The case is related to the alleged stealing of equipment and materials from Hardman Supply of Glenville in July, 2007.

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