A 61-year-old man accused of bilking his mother out of a large sum money decided Tuesday he didn’t want a preliminary hearing after all.

On July 14, Jack Gregory told Special District Judge Carson Brooks during a case conference that he would opt to exercise his right to a preliminary hearing. The hearing was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday. But minutes before the proceedings were set to begin, Gregory changed his mind. Instead of listening to the state’s case against him he waived his right to the hearing.

Gregory is charged with  exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult by deception or intimidation. The charge is based on an investigation conducted by members of Ardmore Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services. First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper filed the charge alleging Gregory pilfered his mother’s funds between January and November 2013, while she was a resident at a local nursing home.   

The case was filed in 2014. However, Gregory fled the state, forfeiting a $1,500 bond, in an attempt to avoid facing the charge. A warrant was issued for his arrest. He was nabbed five months ago when he returned to Ardmore. Since his arrest Gregory has been detained in the Carter Count Detention Center pending the posting of  $10,000 bond.

Following his brief appearance in district court Tuesday, Gregory was returned to the county jail. He will appear in district court Sept. 7 for formal arraignment.

Cooper said at that court appearance Gregory will announce whether he will chance a jury’s verdict at trial or enter a plea in the case.