UPDATE: Tacker asks for separate trial on federal fraud charges

By Patsy Brumfield/Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Federal defendant William T. “Tommy” Tacker of Aberdeen wants a separate trial so a jury can hear evidence against his current co-defendant.

Among other things, his attorney Robert Davis Jr. of Tupelo asks, a jury should hear about the other man’s Tennessee conviction.

Tuesday, Davis asked the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi to allow Tacker to defend himself in a trial apart from H. Max Speight because it’s likely each will point the finger at the other.

Tacker and Speight, a disbarred attorney, were indicted in March 2009 on 10 counts they defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $3 million by filing false statements about biodiesel production at the Nettleton plant of Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc. BMI went bankrupt in 2006.

Both have pleaded not guilty. They are set for trial in Aberdeen on Feb. 22.

For more read Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.