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Prosecutor says church musicians likely headed to trial

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Judge expected to rule Friday on postponement request from Roe’s attorney

By BEN CARLSON

By Ben Carlson

General Manager

The church keyboardists indicted on multiple felonies earlier this year for allegedly obtaining a fake commercial drivers license appear to be on their way to trial.

Lance Roe, 28, and Michael Sivils, 45, were back in Franklin County Circuit Court last Friday for a pre-trail hearing.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland, who is prosecuting the case, said neither side was able to reach an agreement for the disposition of the case.

“It looks like we are going to proceed to trial,” Cleveland said.

Roe, a licensed funeral director at Gash Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceburg, apparently wanted the license to drive a bus for First Baptist Church, where he serves as an organist. Police say Sivils, the church’s pianist, assisted Roe in obtaining the license by altering a state computer system database to make it appear that Roe had passed a test to obtain the license.

Both pleaded not guilty earlier this month.

The trial for both men is scheduled to begin June 24, but that date will likely be changed if they go to trial.

Cleveland said Roe’s attorney has already asked the judge to postpone the trial date because of a scheduling conflict.

He said the judge is likely to rule on that Friday.

Roe is charged with complicity to commit unlawful access to a computer, a Class C felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony.

Sivils is charged with first-degree unlawful access to a computer, a Class C felony, second-degree forgery and tampering with physical evidence, both Class D felonies.

A Class C felony carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence. A Class D felony carries a one- to five-year sentence.

Sivils’ tampering charge stems from him trying to alter the state’s computer database “once news of an investigation into the incident was imminent,” according to state police news release.