HAMPTON, Va. — The lawyer for the father of missing 4-year-old Codi Bigsby is adding more attorneys to the case.
Cory Bigsby faces 30 charges unrelated to his son's disappearance, which was first reported six months ago.
On Friday, Amina Matheny-Willard announced three new lawyers would be joining her on Bigsby's case. She said local attorneys Kenneth Singleton and Curtis Brown are stepping in to help, along with Peter Hanson from Northern Virginia.
“We are getting as much firepower as we need to fight this entire system," Matheny-Willard said. "The additional counsel was my idea. And I approached them and I asked them if they would come on for their experience and their knowledge.”
James Hawks, a retired judge from Portsmouth, is also joining the team.
Last month, a grand jury found enough evidence for Bigsby to head to trial. If convicted on all 30 charges, he could face up to more than 100 years in prison.
"I have said this many times that Cory was overcharged," Matheny-Willard said.
Matheny-Willard said she's planning to schedule a new bond hearing for Bigsby in August.
"It's important to continue to ask for bond, because he is definitely entitled to bond based on the statute," she said. "There is nothing in that statute based on the charges that he is charged with where he should be denied bond."
Matheny-Willard told 13News Now court officials will determine a trial date soon.
His next court date is scheduled for November 17.
Here's how his case has gone so far:
- Feb. 8: A judge denies Bigsby bond for the first time.
- Feb. 17: Bigsby's lawyer appeals the bond decision, but all three Hampton Circuit Court judges recuse themselves from the new hearing.
- April 5: A judge denies Bigsby bond for the second time.
- Late April: Bigsby switches lawyers.
- May 11: Matheny-Willard files a formal complaint against Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot for how the division has handled the investigation.
- May 15: Matheny-Willard appeals the latest bond decision.
- May 23: A judge denies Bigsby bond for the third time.
- June 7: A judge denies Bigsby bond for the fourth time.
- June 13: A judge denies Bigsby bond for the fifth time.
- July 5: A grand jury determines there is enough evidence to move forward with 30 charges in total.
- July 22: Bigsby's lawyer hires more people to his legal team.