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New trial date set for Huddleston

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Updated: April 5, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

A new trial date has been set for Kiley Huddleston, 32, of Ashdown, Ark., who faces felony charges for allegedly stealing approximately $25,000 from the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) account over a several month period.

Huddleston was originally scheduled to go on trial March 12 but that date was changed to May 21 with a pretrial hearing on May 1.

The investigation began on November 1, 2017, when PTO secretary Diane Babb went to Bancorp South to pick up deposit slips from the Ashdown Elementary Fall Festival. Noticing the remaining balance in the account, Babb inquired about the statements from the account.

Babb and her husband, Kirk, went over the statements finding numerous discrepancies in the organization’s account from April 2017 to November 2017. Kirk Babb contacted Ashdown Police Chief Boyd Kennemore.

Further investigation indicated the PTO debit card used for the fraudulent charges had been issued to Huddleston. Video surveillance at the Ashdown Wal-Mart showed Huddleston using the card, getting cash back and placing it into her bag on November 1, 2017.

On November 2, 2017, Huddleston attempted to use the card again at the Ashdown Wal-Mart. That same day an arrest warranty was issued by Judge Charles Yeargan. Following her arrest, Huddleston was released on $7,500 bond and given a November 14, 2017, court date.

Huddleston was officially charged with violating A.C.A. 5-36-103 Theft of Property $25,000 or more a Class B felony.

If convicted, she faces 5-20 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $15,000 or both the fine and imprisonment.