Cory Bigsby now has a team of attorneys working in his defense

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Cory Bigsby now has a team of four attorneys fighting for him, as he faces 30 charges of child abuse and neglect. Bigsby is the father of 4-year-old Codi, who was reported missing back on January 31 and has yet to be found.

The charges Cory faces are unrelated to the child’s disappearance.

At a hearing on July 22, defense attorney Amina Matheny-Willard said that three other attorneys will now join the defense team. They are: Curtis Brown, Kenneth Singleton and Peter Hanson.

“We’re getting as much fire power as we need to fight this entire system!” Matheny-Willard said.

She stands by her client’s right to bond and intends to ask for it for a fourth time now that the case has moved to Hampton Circuit Court.

Bigsby now faces 30 charges in total. Matheny-Willard argues these charges would typically amount to a call to social services for investigation, or a misdemeanor.

“It’s really an effort to villainize him, to demonize him; so really as far as the additional charges, that effort just continues,” she said.

Matheny-Willard told WAVY that one of Bigsby’s new attorneys, Mr. Hanson, is an appeals and Supreme Court expert. She said he will sit in on the bond hearing in case they decide to take it to a higher court. That will depend on what Judge James Hawks decides first. The retired judge from Portsmouth has been called in and is now presiding over the case.

There is a status hearing currently scheduled for August 12 to pick dates for the jury trial.

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Tex McIver: Georgia’s Supreme Court overturned a prominent attorney’s murder conviction. Prosecutors now want to retry him

Claud “Tex” McIver was convicted in 2018 of felony murder and other charges stemming from the 2016 killing of his wife, Diane, who was fatally shot by McIver while sitting in front of him in a car. The attorney previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the shooting was an accident and that the gun, which was on his lap while he was sleeping in the back seat, fired after he was abruptly awoken.

In June, Georgia’s highest court overturned McIver’s felony murder conviction, ruling that the jury should have been instructed that they could consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

In a motion filed on Friday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis asked the county superior court to set a new date for the trial within 180 days of receiving the Supreme Court’s ruling.

The district attorney‘s office said it plans to retry McIver on felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

“The jury which served at the original trial of this case evaluated all of the evidence and unanimously convicted Defendant of intentional crimes of violence against his wife,” the district attorney’s office said. “This fact weighs heavily in the State’s consideration of how best to serve the interests of justice in this case.”

McIver remains in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections, according to jail logs.

In its request for a trial, the district attorney’s office said McIver is serving his five-year sentence for his conviction of influencing a witness, which the Supreme Court did not overturn, adding that while he “has not spent five years in custody, five years will have elapsed soon.”

In a statement to CNN, McIver’s attorneys maintained their client’s previous murder conviction was wrong.

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Georgia Supreme Court overturns prominent Atlanta attorney’s murder conviction in wife’s killing

Claud “Tex” McIver was convicted in 2018 of felony murder and other charges stemming from the 2016 killing of his wife, Diane, who was fatally shot by McIver while sitting in front of him in a car. The attorney previously told mciver-says-shooting-his-wife-was-accident/rTkc1qZ0lIzxjBagkJJtSO/”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the shooting was an accident and that the gun, which was on his lap while he was sleeping in the back seat, fired after he was abruptly awoken.
The weekslong trial gripped the city’s attention and included testimony from the friend who was driving the vehicle, firearms experts and a sleep expert who told jurors McIver suffered from a sleep behavior disorder — which defense attorneys suggested was partially to blame for the shooting, according to to the AJC. Prosecutors had called attention to alleged conflicts between the couple, including over financial interests.

Georgia’s Supreme Court overturned McIver’s felony murder conviction, ruling that the jury should have been instructed by the court that they could consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

The court said based on the evidence and testimony during the trial, “the jury could have concluded that the revolver was not deliberately or deliberately fired, bur rather, as McIver suggests, discharged as a result of his being started awake, reflexively or involuntarily clutching at the bag holding the firearm, and inadvertently contacting the trigger,” according to the ruling.

The court further found that the evidence supporting that McIver intended to kill his wife was “disputed and circumstantial,” adding, “No witness testified to any disagreement or quarrel between McIver and Diane, and many witnesses testified that they were very much in love. “

The court also overturned McIver’s conviction for possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, but did uphold his conviction of influencing a witness.

This Georgia Department of Corrections photo shows Tex McIver.

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Amber Heard’s Attorneys Seek to Toss Verdict in Johnny Depp Defamation Trial

Amber Heard‘s legal team filed a motion Friday requesting that the verdict of the defamation trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp be tossed, including the $10.35 million in damages awarded to Depp by the jury.

In addition to Heard’s attorneys arguing that the verdict is not supported by evidence, the 43-page document submitted to the Fairfax County Circuit Court Friday also calls “to investigate improper juror service,” claiming that public information indicates that a juror who served during the trial was born in 1970, despite court officials listing their birth year as 1945.

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“This discrepancy raises the question whether Juror 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly vetted by the court to serve on the jury,” Heard’s lawyers wrote.

Heard’s legal team also argues that the jurors’ $10.35 million award against the actress is “inconsistent and irreconcilable” with the jury’s conclusion both her and Depp had defamed one another. In addition to Depp’s $10 million in compensatory damages, plus $350,000 in punitive damages, the jury was also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for her counterclaim.

“Mr. Depp presented no evidence that Ms. Heard did not believe she was abused,” Heard’s attorneys wrote. “Therefore, Mr. Depp did not meet the legal requirements for actual malice, and the verdict should be set aside.”

Depp’s lead attorney, Ben Chew, commented on the motion to toss the verdict, dismissing it as “what we expected, just longer, no more substantive” in a statement to Courthouse News.

The trial began when Depp, the plaintiff in the case, sued Heard for defamation regarding the 2018 Washington Post op-ed she published alluding to her past abuse allegations. Although the op-ed did not directly mention the “Pirates of

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