Bill Blount to change plea, plead guilty

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Bill Blount, one of the men charged with Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford on federal conspiracy and bribery charges, will plead guilty to the charges on Tuesday.

In a court document filed Monday, federal Judge Scott Coogler set a change-of-plea hearing for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tuscaloosa for Blount.

Blount, Langford and former state Democratic Party executive director Al LaPierre were charged in December by federal prosecutors with conspiracy, bribery, fraud and money laundering in connection with a long-running bribery scheme.

All three men originally plead not guilty to the charges, but LaPierre changed his plea on July 30.

Langford's trial is scheduled to begin on August 31.