Plea hearing scheduled for Aug. 26 for former deputy, wife

Published 2:15 pm Friday, July 31, 2015

A plea hearing for a former Chilton County deputy and his wife, who face multiple charges for allegedly committing sex crimes involving minors is scheduled for Aug. 26.

David Hubbard, 41, and Rebecca Hubbard, 36, are now scheduled for a plea hearing at 9 a.m. on Aug. 26 before Chilton County Circuit Judge Ben A. Fuller at the Chilton County Courthouse.

According to Fuller’s order filed July 31, in the event David Hubbard’s plea negotiation is closed without entry of a negotiated guilty plea or dismissal of the charges on Aug. 26, all motions currently pending together with those filed on or before Aug. 14 will be heard and considered before the court and a scheduling conference will follow.

At the plea hearing on Aug. 26, David and Rebecca Hubbard will have the option to inform the court whether the case will head to trial or whether they will enter a plea of guilty.

David and Rebecca Hubbard originally appeared in Chilton County Circuit Court on June 17 for a plea day—originally the last day that the prosecution and defense could submit a plea deal before the case went to trial.

There was no deal made on June 17 due to a new attorney, Davy Hay, representing David Hubbard in a civil lawsuit related to the case informing the court of evidence, which he said was pertinent to the case.

The evidence was not released during the hearing, and Hay declined to speak about the evidence on June 18 due to a gag order issued in the case by Fuller on June 18.

The four-page order from Fuller outlined specific restrictions for public comments made about the case by the parties involved in the matter.

Currently, David Hubbard faces a total of 47 charges including 42 felony charges and five misdemeanors.

Rebecca Hubbard faces a total of 30 charges including 28 felony charges and two misdemeanors.

The charges came after a June 19, 2014, wreck on Alabama Highway 145 near Jefferson State Community College in Clanton, which involved three vehicles and resulted in the death of an Alabaster man and two others being hospitalized.

The wreck was the initial link to David and Rebecca Hubbard.

After an investigation into the wreck, David and Rebecca Hubbard were arrested in July 2014 and were first charged with sexual contact with a student under the age of 19 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

As news of the initial charges were released, other minors came forward and alleged that they had also been subjected to inappropriate and illegal contact with Davd and Rebecca Hubbard.

The two were indicted by a special grand jury in Chilton County held in November 2014 on 77 total charges.

Both remain in jail, where David Hubbard’s bond is set at $881,000 and Rebecca Hubbard’s bond is set at $685,000, according to court records.