Fox’s Motion Hearing Cancelled

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One of the 4 people charged in connection with the death of Amanda Taylor in Colbert County had a court appearance cancelled at the last minute today.

21 year-old Matthew Fox is charged with Abuse of a Corpse and Hindering Prosecution.

Fox was supposed to have a hearing for youthful offender status today.

Just minutes before being scheduled to appear before Colbert County Circuit Judge Jackie Hatcher, the hearing for Matthew Fox was cancelled.

The hearing was scheduled to address a youthful offender motion filed by the defendant's attorneys.

In May when the motion was filed, Judge Hatcher asked that a probation officer complete a background report on Fox to help in the ruling.

According to court officials, that report was not completed in time for Thursday’s hearing.

So now, Matthew Fox will not have a youthful offender status hearing until late August or early September.

Law enforcement officers say that Fox has been transferred to the Tuscumbia City Jail for holding.

Also still in custody and awaiting trial are the three others charged in relation to Amanda Taylor’s murder.

Ronald Weems is charged with Murder.

Laurel Pruett and Ashley Greenhill are both charged with Abuse of a Corpse and Hindering Prosecution.

A tentative trial date of August 20th has been set for Ronald Weems.

Attorneys believe that date will be postponed due to a delay in forensic testing by the state.