By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A new trial date is set for Matthew Blake Whitt, accused on two federal counts of illegal actions with a minor female.
Whitt’s attorneys recently asked to delay his June 10 trial start as they continue plea negotiations with prosecutors.
Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills agreed to set the trial start for Sept. 9 before him in the Oxford federal courthouse.
Whitt, 24, of Tupelo is free on bond after pleading not guilty.
He is accused of enticing a minor female for sex to produce visual images and using a cell phone to persuade her to have sex with him.
Whitt is a former substitute teacher and faces a three-count state indictment of sex with a minor.
If convicted, he faces lengthy prison terms in either case.