Pollard Cases Severed in Federal Court

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Jackson, Miss.

A federal prosecutor says a former University of Alabama basketball player won't be tried with his mother on charges of conspiring to kidnap a 6-year-old girl in Kemper County, Miss.

Trial was scheduled to begin Monday for both Jesse Mae Brown Pollard and her son, Devonta Pollard.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy told The Associated Press that Devonta's trial was severed from his mother's and continued until a later date. Dowdy had no other comment.

Devonta Pollard's lawyer, Lisa Ross, says she and prosecutors are trying to resolve the case against him. He
is now listed as a government witness in the case.

The Pollards are charged with conspiring to kidnap the girl from East Kemper Elementary School in Scooba April 30, 2013. She was dropped off unharmed the next day.

Both Pollards maintain their innocence.

Jesse Mae Pollard