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Former sheriff due back in court Friday

Former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin is scheduled to appear in Halifax County Circuit Court at 10:30 a.m. Friday for a motions hearing and other pre-trial matters.

The former sheriff faces 21 forgery and embezzlement charges, including seven for embezzlement of up to $113,000 and 14 for forgery of a public record.

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.

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

 Noblin served as sheriff from 2007 until 2011, when he was unsuccessful in his re-election bid against current Sheriff Fred Clark.