UPDATE: Judge OKs enticement defendant to withdraw guilty plea

By Patsy R. Brumfield
Daily Journal

OXFORD – An Amory man accused of using the Internet to entice a minor female for sex will be allowed to withdraw a guilty plea he entered July 8.

Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers agreed to Christopher Pickle’s motion filed by his new attorney, Chris Kitchens of Ripley.

Biggers notes that Pickle’s plea was “only conditionally accepted” by the court while he was represented by a federal public defender, that the man’s family hired private practice lawyer Kitchens and asked that his plea be withdrawn.

“The motion should be allowed and granted,” Biggers ordered, writing that the case will be set for trial.

Kitchens insists that Pickle, 31, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and emotional distress after the death of his father, a divorce and custody loss of his son.

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