BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County TV preacher’s trial on charges alleging she abused and neglected her 92-year-old mother and 59-year-old disabled husband, who both required immediate medical care when they were removed from her home in February, has been moved to April 16, 2012.
Brenda Viars, 59, 4260 Highway 126, Blountville, was originally set to go to trial Monday on two counts each of physical abuse or gross negligence of an impaired adult, a Class C felony, and willful abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult, a Class E felony, in Sullivan County Criminal Court. The trial was postponed after her attorneys, Jordan Pennington and Rick Spivey, asked for a continuance.
Viars pleaded not guilty to the charges in July. The charges allege she abused or neglected her mother between May 10, 2010, and Feb. 16, 2011, and her husband between Oct. 10, 2010, and Feb. 16, 2011.