Adam Hurley, former assistant fire chief in Cotton Valley, Monday was arraigned on charges of malfeasance in office, injuring public records and unauthorized use of an access card ($1,500) in Webster Parish District Court Monday.
Hurley, in court with his attorney, Marty Stroud, pled 'not guilty' to all the charges. Hurley's co-defendant, former Cotton Valley Fire Chief, Dennis Meshell did not appear in court for his arraignment on the same charges; however, Stroud entered a plea of 'not guilty' for Meshell.
The two were arrested in March and charged with malfeasance in office, injuring public records and felony theft. Allegedly, close to $50,000 in monies designated for the fire district through donations and reimbursements were diverted into two checking accounts - including a 'coke' fund - maintained by Meshell and Hurley over a three-year period without the knowledge of their governing board.
Both men say the accounts have been around for years, and have produced minues and invoices as proof of their claim.
A status conference is set Aug. 6, with a trial date on Sept. 17, but a plea deal may be in the works that would involve making restitution.