In early November, Savoy abruptly withdrew a quash motion he had filed without his attorney’s participation.
Savoy is accused of kidnapping his estranged wife and children from their Eunice home in December 2006 and leading police on a cross-parish chase that ended when he jumped off a bridge in the Atchafalaya Basin.
He remained at large until arrested in January 2007.
Subsequent to Savoy withdrawing his motion, Judge Alonzo Harris postponed jury selection and the Nov. 15 trial date on the motion of Savoy’s lawyer, Shepton Hunter.
Hunter asked the court to reset or continue the matter on the basis of the assertion that Savoy was never arraigned on second-degree kidnapping charges.
That amended charge was filed in August 2009 during a hearing at which Savoy’s then-attorney was released from duty for Harris and Hunter was appointed.
Since Hunter was not present, Savoie wasn’t arraigned at that time on an amended bill of information charging him with second-degree kidnapping and the formality apparently slipped by all parties involved until Hunter raised the issued in November 2010.
At the hearing granting the latest continuance and setting the quash hearing, Harris accepted Savoy’s pleas of not guilty to three counts of second-degree kidnapping and one of aggravated flight, taking care of formal arraignment.
He set hearing of other pre-trial motions, if any, for Jan. 26 and jury selection for March 2, 2011.