Accused Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Court

Andrew Greenstein
June 24, 2019 - 6:20 am
Michael Webb

Credit: Fort Worth Police Department via AP

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The man suspected of kidnapping a young Fort Worth girl pleads not guilty in federal court.

The plea entered by Michael Webb, 51, is a 180 from a court filing last week, which indicated that he intended to plead guilty to one federal count of kidnapping.

But at a hearing last Wednesday morning, he didn’t enter a plea, apparently having second thoughts.

A federal grand jury indicted Webb on the kidnapping charge later that day, making entering a plea this morning mandatory.

Webb appeared before Federal Judge Reed O’Connor wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, and his wrists and ankles were shackled.

During the hearing, Webb told Judge O’Connor that he wanted a different public defender.

O’Connor told him that he does not get to choose a public defender; and that if he wanted to choose his own attorney, he can pay for the attorney himself.

Webb is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl in Fort Worth last month.

He’s ordered held in federal custody until his trial begins.

Along with the federal charge, Webb still faces seven state charges — one for kidnapping and six for sexual assault of a child.