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No court date set for former sheriff

Although the docket for the March court term in Halifax County Circuit Court listed Monday as the day a trial date may have been set for former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin on 21 forgery and embezzlement charges, for the second time this year, setting that date has been continued, according to court officials.

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.