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Man accused of bribing Huntsville police officer due in federal court for pretrial hearing

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Cedric Ryans (Photo: HPD)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Cedric Ryans is scheduled to be in Huntsville’s Federal Courthouse for a pretrial hearing. Ryans faces charges in a case involving the conspiracy to bribe a Huntsville police officer.

The indictment said Ryans conspired with Officer Lewis Hall to pay a second officer $5,000 if that officer would claim a vehicle search he conducted, which resulted in drug-trafficking charges against an “Individual A,” was unlawful. If the officer claimed the search was unlawful, the criminal case against that individual go away.

The Huntsville officer who conducted the vehicle search and assisted in the investigation of Hall and Ryans is identified only as “cooperating officer.”

Hall pleaded guilty to the conspiracy Feb. 24 and is scheduled for sentencing July 14.

A third person was indicted in the case last week. William James Leggs also faces conspiracy, bribery and obstruction of justice in the case.

Court documents show Leggs’ indictment caused Ryans’ defense to request a continuance for today’s pretrial hearing as well as the upcoming trial. As of Tuesday morning, Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala had not ruled on the request to continue.

The pretrial hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.