In early May, Alabama forward Devonta Pollard’s mother, Jesse Mae Pollard, had kidnapped a six-year old girl from her Mississippi elementary school.
At the time, there had been no word as to whether anyone had been an accomplice, and definitely nothing regarding the former five-star recruit’s involvement.
However, the FBI has since found reason to believe that Pollard knew of his mother’s actions. On Wednesday, a four-count indictment was released charging Pollard and six other defendants. Trial for the case will begin August 6.
This according to the Tuscaloosa News:
Pollard, 18, is one of seven people charged in the kidnapping of 6-year-old Jashayla Hopson from East Kemper Elementary School on April 30. He was one of six who appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge Wednesday morning on conspiracy to commit kidnapping charges after being arrested Tuesday. His bond was set at $10,000.
A trial in the case is set for Aug. 6 before U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour Jr.
The four-count indictment charging the seven defendants was released Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. According to the document, Jessie Pollard spoke with school secretary Wanda Faye Dancy, 52, who told her that Jashayla was in the school library and what she was wearing. Pollard sent Shamarious Ruffin, 25, into the school, where she told the girl’s teacher that “Miss Wanda said it was all right” to take her, according to the indictment.
The indictment states that Devonta Pollard met with his mother and Ruffin in a church parking lot earlier that day. He delivered a screwdriver and wrench to them before Ruffin told him “we fixin’ to do some crazy s—,” the indictment states.
We will keep you updated here as the trial unfolds and any new information surfaces.