The case against Alvin and Jennifer Cummins has been stalled in Shelby County Circuit Court for the past few months.
On Feb. 5, Cummins, 42, and Jennifer, 34, were indicted on four counts of willfully making false tax return or failing to file a tax return for 2013-2016 by a Shelby County Circuit Court grand jury.
Initially, Sheriff Pat Melton suspended Cummins without pay. However, nine days later, he reinstated the chief deputy — assigning him to perform administrative duties. Melton also allowed Cummins to use vacation days for the time he spent on suspension.
A month after being indicted, at their arraignment, the couple pleaded not guilty to the charges, which are Class D felonies — punishable by up to 5 years in prison per count.
According to court documents, on April 2, the Cumminses received an order to appear at a disposition hearing in Shelby County Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. on May 21. However, when that court date came, the matter was redocketed for last Monday, June 18.
On Monday, the court date was once again changed — this time to Aug. 20 at 8:30 a.m.
Melton said he is still performing administrative tasks such as answering phone calls, helping customers and performing vehicle inspections. In January, before he was indicted, Cummins received a 5 percent raise, which earns him close to $40 per hour or $70,000 annually.