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Jarrett trial moved to February

Friday, November 16, 2012

James Jarrett
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The trial of James Jarrett which was scheduled to start Nov. 1, 2012, has been rescheduled, according to Missouri Case Net. The trial is now scheduled to take place at 9 a.m., on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, 2013. Reappearance before Judge Fred W. Copeland has been scheduled for 1 p.m., Feb. 12, for a pre-trial conference.

Jarrett appeared in court with his attorney, Daren Todd, of Malden, Mo., on Oct. 23, to hear the ruling by Judge Copeland on the motion for continuance that Todd had filed with the court. Representing the state was Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff.

Before Jarrett's last court appearance in April, a motion to sever the counts was filed by Jarrett's attorney, but at the motion hearing on April 30, it was denied. In a previous article, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jonce Chidester explained that a motion to sever counts means separating the counts which would have resulted in two or three separate trials instead of just one. The judge over the proceedings will be allowing the Prosecutor's office to present evidence on all matters.

Another filing made by Todd which was granted by the court is allowing the defendant to endorse a witness. Endorsing a witness simply means that the defendant has provided notice to the court that he may call a witness during the trial. If Jarrett does call a witness, the Prosecuting Attorney's office has noted previously that the name and contact information is required.

Jarrett has been charged with two counts which includes forcible rape and statutory sodomy in the first degree which stems from an incident involving a minor female. The latest charge brought against Jarrett is statutory sodomy in the first degree against a different victim under the age of 14 years.

Each count against Jarrett is considered to be an unclassified felony each carrying a term of at least five years minimum with the maximum being a life sentence.

According to officials, the court can sentence Jarrett to any number of years but it has to be at least five.

Jarrett has entered with the court a plea of not guilty on the latest charge brought against him.

* Some information for this article has been sourced from Missouri Case Net.

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