On Monday, Sonya M. Stroud, 40, Brazil, and defense attorney Roscoe Stovall appeared before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers to formally vacate a pending jury trial on initial charges filed in January and accept the filing for new charges in the case.
Stroud is facing a total of seven class C felony charges of forgery and five class D felony theft charges stemming from an investigation by the Brazil City Police Department into approximately $280,000 in missing funds at Brazil Trucking, Inc.
According to paperwork filed in the case, Stroud allegedly exerted "unauthorized control" over more than 100 company checks used to repay expenses incurred by over-the-road truckers without the permission or knowledge of her employer during a 10-year period.
Akers scheduled a "firm trial date" for Feb. 22, advising both the prosecution and the defense the case would take precedence over any other trial on the court's calendar.
Afterward, Stovall notified the court of potentially filing a change of venue due to pre-trial publicity within the area.
During a discussion about procedures in open court, Akers explained, when the proper paperwork was filed, a test jury would be pooled to determine the effects of publicity about the case on potential jurors who reside within Clay County before deciding on the motion.
Stroud was remanded back into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department to await further court proceedings.