A jury trial for a 48-year-old Clovis man accused of 143 counts of child molestation is set to begin Monday.
Larry Hatcher’s trial is slated to last three days in district court, records show.
Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of seven years or more, according to court records.
Arrested in December, Judge Richard Hollis of Curry County Magistrate court ordered him held on a $2 million bond.
In January, district court reduced the bond to $25,000 and Hatcher was released on an ankle bracelet monitor.
Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher, who was subpoenaed to testify in the case, has maintained his brother’s innocence.
“I think they’re going to find out that the state doesn’t have a case,” he said. “It’s one of those things that I’ll be glad when it’s over.”
Friday, a district judge ruled Roger Hatcher’s testimony was irrelevant and would be excluded with the exception of character evidence, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler, because “the judge found that his testimony would be irrelevant and biased.”