Preliminary hearing pushed back to January for man charged with killing Huntsville police officer Billy Clardy III

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A judge has set a Jan. 27 preliminary hearing date for the man accused of killing Huntsville Police Department officer Billy Clardy III.

The hearing for LaJeromeny Brown had been set for Dec. 20, but Thursday morning prosecutors asked the court for a continuance because the case’s lead investigator had a prior commitment that conflicted with the original date.

The preliminary hearing is the forum for the prosecution to present its evidence, aimed at convincing a judge there is sufficient basis to send the case to a grand jury.

Huntsville police charged Brown with capital murder after Clardy was shot during a drug bust Dec. 6. Clardy was laid to rest Tuesday.

There was confusion Wednesday about who was going to represent Brown. A judge appointed attorneys Bruce Gardner and Eric Wood on Tuesday, but Wednesday morning attorneys Brian Clark and John Brinkley filed notices of appearance. In Wednesday’s hearing, the judge found that if Brown had hired Clark and Brinkley, they should represent him going forward in  the case.

Madison County assistant district attorneys Tim Gann and Tim Douthit will prosecute the case. They have not said whether they will  pursue the death penalty for Brown.

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