Prosecutors say the rape occurred when Lacey and the 10-year old victim, who is from southwest Alabama, were both were staying in Dothan. Lacey was arrested at a Panama City motel in July, 2013; a few weeks after the alleged sexual assault took place. He was convicted in January and sentenced a month later.
Lacey was represented during the hearing by prominent Montgomery attorney Susan James. She is the fifth attorney to represent Lacy and the only one retained. The others were court-appointed according to records.
The ruling denying Lacey’s were made by Circuit Judge Butch Binford who presided of the trial.