Judge Refuses to Delay Chavis' Next Trial

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A Pensacola judge is refusing to delay Ricky Chavis' trial for allegedly aiding two adolescent brothers who killed their father.

Chavis has already been convicted of false imprisonment, but acquitted of murdering the boy's father and molesting one of them. He's now set for trial on charges of accessory after the fact to murder and evidence tampering.

Chavis is accused of picking up Alex and Derek King, who were then 12 and 13, after they beat their father to death. Chavis allegedly took the boys to his home, washed their clothes and hid them from police.

Firefighters found the body of Terry King inside his burning home in nearby Cantonment on Nov. 26, 2001. The King brothers, who are now 13 and 14, last year pleaded guilty to arson and third-degree murder. Derek is serving eight years and Alex seven years in separate juvenile facilities.

Defense lawyer Michael Rollo asked Circuit Judge Joseph Tarbuck to delay the next case because transcripts from a trial last week are incomplete. Prosecutors have assured Tarbuck they would be ready on schedule Monday.