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June 9, 2014

Pigg trial delayed, new attorney appointed

— The trial for the Limestone County man accused in the fatal bludgeoning of his grandmother has been postponed while a new attorney gets up to speed on the case.

James Paul “Jamie” Pigg had been scheduled for trial this week in Limestone County Circuit Court, if time permitted. However, the trial was postponed Monday after communications deteriorated between Pigg and his court-appointed attorney Harlan Mitchell, Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said.

“‘Communications had broken down to the point that they were going to have to declare a mistrial, ” Jones said.

Circuit Judge Jimmy Woodroof Jr. appointed a new attorney, Lucas Beaty, and the trial will be rescheduled, Jones said.

Pigg is accused of fatally beating Barbara Delaney on March 27, 2012, at the home they shared on Lydia Corey Road. An autopsy showed Delaney died of blunt-force trauma to the head after Pigg, who was reportedly angry about being evicted, allegedly struck her in the head multiple times with a hammer and then shot her.

Pigg remains in the Limestone County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

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