AK hearing to be set for attempted espionage case

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- U.S. Army officials could decide in February when to schedule a court hearing for an Alaska-based soldier charged with attempted espionage.

Army officials say 22-year-old Spc. William Colton Millay of Owensboro, Ky., transmitted national defense information to someone he believed was a foreign intelligence agent.

Officials decline to say what country Millay believed the so-called agent represented or the time period involved.

The Army's equivalent of a preliminary hearing is anticipated to be scheduled next month. Lt. Co. Bill Coppernoll says it's too soon to know when the hearing will be held.

Millay was arrested in October and is being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Defense attorney Steve Karns of Dallas says Millay has not entered a plea in the case, but tells him he is innocent.