Trial begins Monday for church keyboardist

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Prosecutor says resolution possible before trial starts

By The Staff

As of Tuesday morning, the jury trial for a church keyboardist accused of obtaining a false commercial driver’s license is scheduled to begin early next week.

Lance Roe, a licensed funeral director at Gash Memorial Chapel and organist at First Baptist Church, 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.

However, the prosecutor for the case, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland, said June 17 that he anticipates the case will be resolved before the July 6 trial date.

Cleveland is out of the office this week, but a representative from his office said no plea has yet been entered and that the trial is still set to begin Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Franklin Circuit Court.

Michael Sivils, Roe’s co-defendant in the case, pleaded guilty a couple of weeks ago to charges of second-degree unlawful access of a computer, forgery and tampering with physical evidence. All of the charges are class D felonies.

Sivils pleaded guilty to helping Roe falsely obtain a CDL to drive a bus for First Baptist Church. Sivils is the pianist at the church.

Police say Sivils 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.

Sivils is scheduled to be sentenced on July 24 and may be eligible for pre-trial diversion.

Pre-trial diversion is for first-time offenders who plead guilty to class D felonies, Cleveland said in a previous interview. Those offenders are considered convicted felons for a period of time and are put on probation for a period of time, Cleveland said.