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No trial date for ex-sheriff embezzlement case

The docket for the January court term in Halifax County Circuit Court may list today as the time a trial date may be set for former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin on 21 forgery and embezzlement charges.

Instead, the case has been moved to April 22 to set a date for trial, according to court records.

J. Leyburn Mosby Jr., retired judge of the 24th Judicial Circuit, has been appointed to preside over the case.

Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric A. Cooke will prosecute the case, and Glenn L. Berger of Altavista has been retained to represent Noblin. 

A Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury returned 21 felony indictments against Noblin last November, including 14 for forgery of a public record and seven for embezzlement.

The indictments came after a yearlong investigation by Virginia State Police and Special Agent Accountant William Talbert Jr.

Noblin had been under investigation by Virginia State Police since October 2011 for allegations of embezzling or misusing asset forfeiture funds.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli authorized the investigation of Noblin acting on a request from Substitute Commonwealth’s Attorney Cooke.

Cooke was appointed to prosecute the case when then-Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White recused herself from the investigation.

During the course of the investigation, search warrants for bank accounts belonging to Noblin in several area banks were executed.

A search warrant also was executed at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at the beginning of the investigation.