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Jarret pre-trial conference rescheduled

Saturday, January 5, 2013

James Jarrett
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The pre-trial conference in the case of James Jarrett which was to be held on February 12, 2013, has been rescheduled for February 13, due to court not being in session on the 12th. Jarrett will appear at 1 p.m., with his attorney, Daren Todd, of Malden, Mo., before Judge Fred W. Copeland.

Jarrett's trial is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, through Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.

Before Jarrett's last court appearance in April of 2012, 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 Jarrett's attorney 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.

Since charges were first brought against Jarrett, the case has had several different venues which include Butler County, Dunklin County and now New Madrid County.

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

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