- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has put off until Aug. 18 the trial of man accused of vandalizing water lines of the Boyle-Skene Water Corporation in Bolivar and Sunflower counties.

The trial for Michael Allen Tarver has been scheduled for Monday in federal court in Aberdeen. A judge set a new date after Tarver’s attorney wanted more time to prepare.

The government has asked the court to require Tarver, if he pursues an alibi defense, to provide alibis for each of the 33 incidents that prosecutors say occurred between February 25, 2014, and February 12, 2015. A judge has not ruled on the motion.

Prosecutors allege Tarver damaged water supply lines and equipment of the water system.

Tarver has pleaded not guilty to one count. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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