Testimony to open Thursday in sex crimes trial of former Biloxi official

Testimony expected to begin today in the sex crimes trial of former Biloxi city official Cliff Kirkland has been delayed until Thusday.

No reason was given for the delay.

Kirkland faces nine criminal charges accusing him of fondling three minor girls from August 2013 to July 2017 at his home in Biloxi.

Our media partner the Sun Herald reports that 22 people are listed as potential witnesses, including the three alleged victims, friends and relatives, Biloxi police officers and some of Kirkland’s family and friends, along with authorities trained in forensic examinations.

Judge Larry Bourgeois is closing the courtroom to the public while the three alleged victims testify.

One of the victims, court records say, was 11 when Kirkland allegedly started molesting her. The second victim was 9 and the third was 13.

Kirkland has denied any wrongdoing.

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