UPDATE: Bowling gets new trial date

GREENVILLE – Dwight Bowling got a new trial date today – May 9 in Greenville – on accusations he took minors across state lines for sex.

Bowling, 53, was set for a jury trial April 11 before District Judge W. Allen Pepper, but his attorney asked for a new date because of her own schedule conflicts.

Christi R. McCoy of Oxford also said prosecutors did not object to the delay.

Bowling is accused of trying to get a witness to change his testimony to authorities, as well as taking the minors into Alabama for sex.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been held without bond in the Lafayette Detention Center in Oxford.

Bowling is known throughout the state for his championship football teams at Smithville High. He retired there about five years ago and took a similar head coaching job in Sulligent, Ala.

If convicted, he could spent the rest of his life in prison.

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