By MELINDA WILLIAMS
It’ll soon be a year since a high school cheerleading coach was indicted for embezzlement, but she is yet to go to trial.
Angelia Paige Harrell was scheduled for a jury trial this Thursday, but the case has now been continued for a third time. The new court date is Oct. 21. It, too, is scheduled for a jury.
Harrell is alleged to have diverted funds from the Pulaski County High School cheerleading program for her personal use between March 2010 and October 2011, according to a September 2012 indictment. In addition to being head coach of the varsity cheerleading squad, she also was a guidance counselor at that time.
Erin DeHart, Bland County’s commonwealth’s attorney, has been appointed special prosecutor for the case. Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor stepped aside due to Harrell being employed by the county school system when she was charged.
Harrell’s charges are Class 4 felonies, each carrying a possible sentence of two to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.