By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal
OXFORD – Dwight Bowling of Smithville will go on trial March 7 on federal charges he transported minors across state lines for sex, as well as that he tried to stop an alleged victim from speaking with investigators.
U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., who will preside over the trial, granted the new date after Bowling’s attorney, Christi R. McCoy of Oxford, asked for more time earlier this week.
Bowling, 55, pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bond in the Lafayette County Detention Center.
He also is accused of similar charges in Itawamba County and may have been indicted in Monroe County this week, although the District Attorney’s Office declines to say what the grand jury did there.
Arraignments in Monroe County are set for Jan. 5, so if Bowling has new charges against him there, he may be in court to enter a plea then.
Bowling is a high school football coaching legend across Mississippi and is known for his Smithville championship ways.
A grand jury may also consider similar charges in Lamar County, Ala., where Sulligent High School is located. His federal indictment accuses him of sex with minors at the Sulligent Field House.
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