Springford Hearing Latest

Prosecutors and Springford's defense team took another step toward setting a trial date probably in early 2008.

The two sides assured Judge William Shashy they were sharing the evidence each side has turned up in the case, and are on schedule to begin the trial.

Springford's defense team also informed the judge it will ask for a competency hearing to determine if Springford is mentally capable of assisting in his legal defense.

The government has asked Judge Shashy to reconsider his decision to move Springford's trial to a Birmingham area courtroom.

No word on if shashy will take that issue back up.