20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden filed a motion in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Thursday for the appointment of a special prosecutor in a hot check case against Cody Hiland.

According to the motion, the prosecuting attorney’s office has received three hot checks written on a joint account in the names of Cody and Jana Hiland. Vaden filed the motion to avoid any conflict of interest in the case.

The motion asks the court to "independently select a duly licensed and qualified attorney to serve as a special prosecutor" on the case.

The motion does not include the amount of the hot checks.

Cody Hiland could not be reached for comment.

Hiland will be on November’s ballot against Vaden for the office of prosecuting attorney.