Defense wants to video alleged HMS scene

Published 4:36 pm Monday, March 24, 2014

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal

The defense for a former Hayneville Middle School janitor indicted on charges of sexual abuse second degree, enticing a child and sexual contact with a student wants to video tape the scene at the school where the incident is alleged to have taken place to show to a jury.

Appearing before Circuit Court Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell with Lee Andrew Saffold, 47, of Hayneville, defense counsel Mickey Mcdermott made a motion Monday to video tape the alleged scene at the school to show a jury the coming and going of students during the time frame.

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Prosecutors argued, however, that it would not be relevant as it would not be of the day of the occurrence.

Saffold, who was indicted by a Lowndes County grand jury on the charges, previously waived the right to an arraignment and pleaded not guilty.

According to Hayneville Police Chief Kelvin Mitchell, Saffold was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 24 for an alleged incident that occurred at Hayneville Middle School on Sept. 30 following a report by school officials to the Department of Human Resources.

District Attorney Charlotte M. Tesmer said the case is set for trial on April 7.

Also on the list for trial, according to Tesmer, is Dennis Lee Tucker, 29, of Tyler, who was indicted on Jan. 13 on charges of rape first degree and rape second degree.