Drug suspect in unusual position of having to represent self in court

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    NASHVILLE – A Lockesburg woman accused of felony possession of drug paraphernalia will be required to represent herself after bonding out of jail.
    According to Circuit Clerk Angie Lewis, Bonnie Hulburt, 52, was to report back with a hired attorney Wednesday, but returned alone. Hulburt is ineligible to use a public defender because she paid out her bondsman, meaning she must now represent herself in the matter, Lewis said.
    Hulburt was originally arrested May 22 following a traffic stop on Highway 70 east of Dierks allegedly initiated by Deputy Timmy Floyd in response to a non-functioning headlight.
    The arrest affidavit attached to Hulburt’s case file indicates that her speech was slurred at the time of the incident, prompting Floyd to ask if Hulburt had taken any medication. She allegedly replied that she was “on pain meds and muscle relaxers.”
    Floyd’s report then states that he asked Hulburt if there was any substance other than her medication in her vehicle, to which Hulburt replied there wasn’t and invited him to look through the vehicle.
    During the search of the vehicle, Floyd allegedly found a small zippered case containing a glass pipe, a set of scales and a small plastic bag containing “off white colored residue,” items Hulburt allegedly admitted to owning before admitting the pipe was used for smoking methamphetamine.
    The suspect will return to court Sept. 16 for a pre-trial hearing with a trial set for Sept. 22.