The rape trial of William Bradley Stigall, which has been delayed five times for various reasons in the last year, has been delayed again as the court has ordered the defendant to undergo a mental evaluation.

Stigall, who is accused fondling and having sex with a girl under the age of 5 in 2007, was scheduled to go to trial Wedneday in Laurel Circuit Court.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele said the court granted a defense motion to have Stigall sent to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center.

“He will probably return to court in July for another pretrial hearing,” Steele, said though no firm date has been scheduled.

Following an investigation by Kentucky State Police Det. Stacy Anderkin in Oct. 2007, Stigall was indicted by a Laurel County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

The case was initially set for trial in June 2008, but already had been delayed five times.

One of those delays was because Erin Butcher withdrew as defense attorney, citing disagreements with Stigall.

“I don’t trust her,” Stigall told the court.

When Stigall next appeared in court in August and did not have an attorney, the judge threatened to hold him in contempt of court and told Stigall the trial was going forward whether or not he had a new attorney.

Still, two other delays were caused by disagreements of changes in attorneys. Stigall has been held in the Laurel County Detention Center pending the outcome of the case.





Staff writer Dean Manning may be reached at dmanning@sentinel-echo.com.

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