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Drug charge hearing delayed for 900-pound man

(AP) A hearing scheduled in Richmond federal court in a cocaine conspiracy case was delayed May 13 after the 900-pound defendant had to be taken to the hospital.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak continued the hearing for 48-year-old Kenneth T. Hicks until May 21. It was expected that Hicks will plead guilty in the case.

Novak revoked Hicks’ bond and directed that for Hicks’ own safety and dignity — he cannot wear clothing — he appear in the courthouse loading dock for proceedings, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. It was expected that Hicks will arrive via ambulance.

According to the newspaper, after he left his home in Emporia, Hicks was taken to VCU Medical Center in Richmond for an unspecified issue.

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