Former Alabama Legislator Trial Begins Wednesday


By CBS-8 Reporter


CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - Opening statements are scheduled to be given Wednesday morning in the trial of a former legislator charged with sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl.


Former state Rep. James Thomas is charged with sexually abusing a female student at Wilcox-Central High School. The 69-year-old Thomas was the school's principal at the time of the alleged incident in 2010.


A jury of 11 women and three men, which includes three alternates, was selected Monday to hear the trial. The trial before Wilcox County Circuit Judge Jack Meigs is expected to last one or two days.


Thomas of Selma served 28 years in the Legislature representing Dallas, Wilcox, Lowndes and Autauga counties. He was defeated in the Democratic primary in 2010.

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