Still Missing VA - Codi Bigsby, 4, last seen at dad's home, Hampton, 31 Jan 2022 *dad charged* #2

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Cory Bigsby's attorney files cease and desist against Hampton officials (wtkr.com)
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On Monday, Matheny-Willard sent a motion to clarify to Hampton courts. In the filing, she says Bigsby disagreed with his former attorney, Jeff Ambrose, on legal strategy, so Bigsby fired Ambrose on April 7. That was before Ambrose asked the court to leave the case because of an ethical conflict.

This new motion to clarify also asks the court to seal or redact Ambrose's motion to withdraw to only include Ambrose's name and the words, "I wish to withdraw."

Matheny-Willard argues the language used in current court filings could taint a future jury pool.
 

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It’s been 100 days since 4-year-old Codi Bigsby was reported missing

Where is Codi Bigsby? It has been 100 days since the 4-year-old was reported missing from his home off of Old Buckroe Road in Hampton.

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For weeks, volunteers searched the woods near the family home. Many still pray for answers, concerned for the child’s safety.

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This afternoon at 2 p.m. 10 On Your Side’s Aesia Toliver and Jon Dowding will host a Q&A Facebook live on the WAVYTV10 Facebook page. These two WAVY reporters have covered this case since Codi was first reported missing. Be sure to tune in.
 

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Now, the City of Hampton's attorney, Cheran Cordell Ivery, has responded on behalf of Mayor Donnie Tuck and Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot.

In response to requests made in the cease and desist, the City has made the following responses:

  1. They say Chief Talbot will not retract any of his statements about the disappearance of Codi Bigsby and the police's ongoing investigation into his whereabouts;
  2. The city states that no statements made by Chief Talbot have obstructed justice or tampered with a potential jury pool.
  3. According to the letter, the City does not endorse or condone harassment or threats made against anyone. They say if this occurs, then it should be reported to law enforcement immediately.
  4. Lastly, the City denies that Chief Talbot made statements that put anyone's life in danger.

In response to the attorney's claims that the police department did not seek to initiate an AMBER Alert, City of Hampton says that is not true. They state in the letter that State Police have criteria of when to issue an alert. The city says they made a request for one, but State Police denied it for not meeting every criterion.

 

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City of Hampton responds to scapegoating allegation by Codi Bigsby’s family, says police chief won’t walk back comments

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In a separate letter, Matheny-Willard put the city on notice of the family’s intent to file suit against Hampton city officials. Ivery wrote that a “notice of claim” against the city — asserting that the city is liable for damages to the Bigsby family — would be responded to by the city’s insurance risk manager.

“The City of Hampton and the Hampton Police Division’s efforts remain focused on finding Codi Bigsby and will continue in this regard until such time as he is located,” Ivery wrote.
 

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Codi Bigsby’s family attorney files formal complaint against Hampton police chief

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On Wednesday morning, Attorney Amina Matheny-Willard filed an internal affairs complaint on behalf of Codi Bigsby’s family against Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot.

The complaint alleges Talbot made reckless and false statements about the Bigsby family’s lack of cooperation.

It says the way he made these statements at a public town hall meeting provoked verbal life-threatening attacks by community members.

Hampton police said the complaint will be passed on to their Professional Standards branch for follow-up. They declined to comment further.

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City of Hampton responds to scapegoating allegation by Codi Bigsby’s family, says police chief won’t walk back comments

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In a separate letter, Matheny-Willard put the city on notice of the family’s intent to file suit against Hampton city officials. Ivery wrote that a “notice of claim” against the city — asserting that the city is liable for damages to the Bigsby family — would be responded to by the city’s insurance risk manager.

“The City of Hampton and the Hampton Police Division’s efforts remain focused on finding Codi Bigsby and will continue in this regard until such time as he is located,” Ivery wrote.
I'd say the sister did a good job of ruining the family's reputation all by herself, not to mention her brothers actions. Looks like someone is looking for deep pockets, JMO.
 

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HAMPTON, Va. — The lawyer of Cory Bigsby has filed a motion for a Hampton judge to reconsider bond for the third time in total.

Cory Bigsby, who is the father of missing 4-year-old Codi, has been in jail since February on seven charges of felony child neglect that are unrelated to his son's disappearance.

 

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HAMPTON, Va. — The lawyer of Cory Bigsby has filed a motion for a Hampton judge to reconsider bond for the third time in total.

Cory Bigsby, who is the father of missing 4-year-old Codi, has been in jail since February on seven charges of felony child neglect that are unrelated to his son's disappearance.

Big mistake if that happens. Didn't he go AWOL while in the military?
 

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Big mistake if that happens. Didn't he go AWOL while in the military?
Yepper.

At Bigsby’s first bond hearing in February, Bell told the judge Bigsby is a flight risk because he had an AWOL conviction from his time in the Army.
On Tuesday, Bell revealed a military investigation shows Bigsby went AWOL for three weeks.


 

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Is that unusual? For a lawyer to request removal for ethical reasons after the person they were representing fired them?
It's a procedural thing. For a lawyer to be removed from a case in a criminal matter, especially one that has progressed, they need the Judge to sign off on it, and new representation to come in. Sometimes, if the proceedings are that far in, the Judge won't allow the lawyer to withdraw.
 

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Yepper.

At Bigsby’s first bond hearing in February, Bell told the judge Bigsby is a flight risk because he had an AWOL conviction from his time in the Army.
On Tuesday, Bell revealed a military investigation shows Bigsby went AWOL for three weeks.


From all I'm seeing about Bigsby is that I have my doubts about him as a parent. But as a former member of the military I'm wondering if the AWOL, UA (Unauthorized Absence) in USN/USMC, is much ado about nothing. What bothers me is what they're NOT saying. IOW, was this a court martial? OR was it a Article 15 hearing? And if there was either what was the decision or outcome? There may something serious there. But it is just as likely it could be something benign.
 

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His new attorney, Amina Matheny-Willard, filed a motion listing more than 20 reasons why she thinks bond should be reconsidered.

Among them: Hampton police admitting investigators ignored Bigsby's requests for an attorney. She also said prosecutors "grossly overcharged" Bigsby with seven counts of neglect.

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Cory Bigsby will continue to stay in custody until his next court appearance, which is set for June 13.

Bigsby's attorney said she immediately filed an appeal after the hearing on Monday.
 

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Talbot said based on the evidence HPD has, it is not looking for another suspect.

The Chief said he doesn’t want to speculate whether or not Codi is alive or not because he doesn’t know. But he said there is no evidence that he is alive.

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Talbot added that he believes the reason why the child hasn’t turned up is because people are not telling the truth about his whereabouts or what happened.
 

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Talbot said based on the evidence HPD has, it is not looking for another suspect.

The Chief said he doesn’t want to speculate whether or not Codi is alive or not because he doesn’t know. But he said there is no evidence that he is alive.

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Talbot added that he believes the reason why the child hasn’t turned up is because people are not telling the truth about his whereabouts or what happened.
There's that plural reference again. Who are the "people" that are lying?
 
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