The trial for a 44-year-old Spring Lake man accused of sexually assaulting a girl on the softball team he coached has been rescheduled for early 2017.
Thomas Barnes Galloway will now get his day in court on Jan. 24, 2017, according to the Grand Haven Tribune.
The change was requested by Galloway’s new defense attorney, John Moritz, who was appointed to the case after attorney David Zessin withdrew.
The trial was originally scheduled to begin in mid-November.
In a motion made Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court, Moritz asked, and received approval, for up to $2,500 in state funds to pay for a private investigator to assist him with the case.
Galloway, a local builder, was arrested in March on a charge that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in 2012 when she was a player on a club softball team that he coached.
He faces a minimum of 25 years and up to life in prison if convicted of the charge.
Galloway posted 10 percent of a $50,000 bond, but he has been back in court three times for drinking — a violation of his bond conditions.
Galloway has been in jail since the bond was increased to $500,000 on Sept. 19.
(2016 © Grand Haven Tribune)