Huntsville councilman Devyn Keith filed a motion Monday to have his bench trial regarding multiple shoplifting charges delayed to give him more time to review related video evidence.

Keith’s lawyer, John Taylor, said he had not been able to review the video evidence with his client due to "software issues." Madison County District Judge Patty Demos granted the continuance Tuesday.

“[W]hen attempting to view the videos, [I] discovered they would not play on the computer because of software issues,” Taylor said in his motion. “[I] then took the videos to other computers in an attempt to view the videos and discovered the videos would play on an older computer which had Windows Media Player and that Windows Media Player is no longer provided on newer versions of Windows software such as Windows 11.”

Taylor said in his motion the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case “was not opposed” to the delay.

A new bench trial has been set for June 28. 

Keith is accused of shoplifting from several Walmarts in the Huntsville area on 31 occasions. He was first arrested on Thursday, February 2, and charged with fourth-degree theft of property amounting to $500 or less. He was again arrested and booked into Madison County Jail the following Wednesday morning on four counts of misdemeanor theft of property worth less than $500.

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