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Woman cleared on charge she bilked aunt out of $50,000

Booking photo from  Houston County Jail.
Booking photo from Houston County Jail.(WTVY News 4)
Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 9:56 AM CST
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A Houston County judge has stopped the trial of a woman charged with stealing a large sum of money from a relative.

Judge Todd Derrick ruled this week that evidence against 75-year old Ouida Dykes Shields was so flimsy that the defense need not present its case.

“We knew a great outcome would be a not guilty verdict but we're even more pleased that the judge in this case granted a motion of acquittal,” defense attorney T.J. Haywood reacted.

The charge involved a $50,000 cashiers check given to Shields by her aunt, who is in her 90's. Months later, the woman demanded Shields repay the money. That aunt then went to police asking that Shields be arrested.

Besides Haywood, attorney Raynor Clifton represented Shields who is from Banks, Alabama.

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