Blue Hill embezzlement case on trial docket for January

BLUE HILL — A theft case concerning missing town of Blue Hill funds is scheduled for a Jan. 7, 2019, trial docket.

Former Blue Hill Treasurer Jody Murphy, who was indicted on one count of theft last August, had been scheduled for a dispositional hearing on Oct. 11. Murphy has pleaded not guilty.

The missing money totals $17,960, according to the investigating officer, Hancock County Sheriff’s Detective Stephen McFarland.

However, Murphy’s attorney, Max Coolidge, filed a motion to continue the case.

Coolidge wrote in his motion that he and Deputy District Attorney Toff Toffolon “are engaged in negotiations for a possible resolution to this matter.”

“After consulting with Mr. Toffolon, we agreed that we both require more time to work out the details and obtain input from all stakeholders,” Coolidge wrote.

While the case is on the Jan. 7 docket, that doesn’t mean a trial would be held in January.

The parties could reach a plea agreement before then.

Also, priority on a trial docket goes to defendants who are incarcerated. Murphy is not incarcerated.

Priority is also given to defendants whose cases have been pending longer than Murphy’s.

While Murphy resigned from the town of Blue Hill on Nov. 16, 2017, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office did not charge her with theft until March 2018.

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