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The former Alabama serving a 21-year sentence on child sex abuse charges is trying to arrange for a new attorney less than 8 weeks from a second trial on new charges.

Earl Sprague, 42, requested a new attorney for his upcoming trial at the end of March. He appeared in County Court this afternoon donning a green state prison jumpsuit. Judge Robert Noonan approved and assigned the case to the Public Defenders’ Office.

He’s facing eight more felony charges in the upcoming trial, including predatory sexual assault which carries a possible life sentence.

Sprague was convicted of 28 counts of child sex abuse in December. He still maintains his innocence on those counts.

It’s still undetermined who will actually be Sprague's attorney because public defender Gary Horton is retiring soon and William Tedford has four possible trials set up between now and April. He says it's a case with very serious charges that requires a great deal of preparation and research in a short time span.

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