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Devonta Pollard's Case Severed From Mother

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Jackson - 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.
    
Trial was scheduled to begin Monday for both Jesse Mae Brown Pollard and her son, Devonta Pollard.
    
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy tells 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.
    
Devonta Pollard 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 on April 30. She was dropped off unharmed the next day.
    
Both maintain their innocence.

Federal prosecutors considered offering a deferred prosecution for former University of Alabama basketball player, Devonta Pollard, in a kidnapping conspiracy case if his mother pleaded guilty.
   
U.S. District Judge William Barbour said that under the deferred prosecution, the government would have dismissed the indictment against Devonta Pollard if he stayed out trouble for two years.
   
Jesse Pollard said she didn't consider that a valid offer, because it would help her son, not her.
   
Trial was scheduled to begin Monday for both Pollards.

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