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Former Pike County Jailer appears in Pike County Circuit Court

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MURFREESBORO—A former Pike County Jailer and Deputy appeared at his formal arraignment in Pike County Circuit Court Monday.
Thirty-four-year-old Adam R. Jones of Dierks entered a not guilty plea to a Class D Felony charge of theft of property and to a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft of property. Jones is to return to court for pre-trial on Feb. 1.
The two charges against Jones stem from a jail incident investigation that began on Nov. 10 when it was discovered that an inmate’s property was missing.
According to the affidavit of arrest, Manuel Overa-Moran had been booked into the facility on Oct. 25 by Jailer Rodney Haney. Haney documented a personal property record that listed Overa-Moran to be in possession of a brown leather wallet, earrings and $581 in cash.
Immigration Services arrived at the Pike County Detention Facility Nov. 10 to assume custody of Overa-Moran and during the book-out process Jailer Dale Hartley discovered that the items listed on Overa-Moran’s personal property record were missing.
Hartley alerted book-in officer Haney of the missing property. A jail incident began and a search of the facility was conducted, but the property was not located and Immigration Services were unable to take Overa-Moran into custody.
According to the affidavit of arrest, initially all of the jail staff was contacted about the property and the only employee to acknowledge the missing property was Jones whose initial statement was that he had released the missing property to a Hispanic female that he believed to be Olvera-Moran’s sister.
Following Jones’ statement a video search of the facility was conducted. After review of all the footage, Jones was observed entering the property box of Olvera-Moran. Further review of the footage discredited Jones’ statement about Olvera-Moran signing a property release, nor does any Hispanic female ever enter the Pike County Detention Facility and receive released property within the time frame between Olvera-Moran’s book-in and attempted release when the property was discovered missing.
On Nov. 19, Jones was interviewed about the incident. After being read his Miranda rights he said that he released the property to a Hispanic female, but could not remember the time, date or what happened to the property release form required by policy at the Pike County Detention Facility. Jones also provided his statement in writing.
Later that day, Overa-Moran was released to Immigration Services after he signed a letter acknowledging he was leaving the facility without his property and named his brother, Francisco Lavier Hernandez, the designee of his missing property if it was recovered.
A statement was issued to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department by Ludgereen Renee Elisea, an interpreter acting on behalf of Overa-Moran and his brother Carmelo Olvera-Moran. Manuel Olvera-Moran had previously contacted his brother Carmelo Olvera-Moran and requested that he cancel his missing Bank of America debit card. The statement said that the missing wallet contained a Bank of America debit card and a Mexican ID issued by the Mexican Consulate, along with the missing cash.
Jones was interviewed once more about the missing items on Nov. 24. During this interview Jones admitted to stealing the wallet from Overa-Moran’s property box and removing the cash. He said he discarded the wallet in a manila envelope and stored it in a trash bag in the property room during his shift on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Jones was arrested and the total loss from the theft is believed to be approximately $650. Bond was set in the amount f $5,000 by Pike County Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan.
In other court news:
Robin Atteberry entered a no contest plea to an amended felony charge of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and was sentenced to two years in the ADC with jail time credit given. The original charge was delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Michael S. Reid will return for trial on Dec. 17 for a charge of third degree battery in an appeal from District Court.
Cody Lee Comeaux will return for pre-trial on Feb. 1 for a charge of violation of the Arkansas hot check law.
Randall Fincher was sentenced to five years probation, 180 days in the ACC and given a $1,000 fine. Fincher pled guilty to charges of residential burglary and theft of property. A charge of fleeing was nolle prossed.
Daniel Robinson will return to court Dec. 14 with a pre-trial date of Feb. 1 for charges of residential burglary, theft of property and fleeing.
David Fugitt was sentenced to a total of ten years to run concurrent. He entered a guilty plea to residential burglary and was sentenced to ten years in the ADC; he entered a guilty plea to theft of property and was sentenced to six years in the ADC; a charge of fleeing was nolle prossed and he entered a guilty plea to possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to one year in the county jail. All sentences run concurrent and jail time credit was given.
Angelo Quiroz, Jr.’s trial was continued to Feb. 1 for pre-trial. He is charged with residential burglary, theft of property and fleeing.
Lauren Mitchell’s trial was continued to Feb. 1 for pre-trial. She is charged with residential burglary, theft of property and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Daniel S. Irvin will return for pre-trial on Feb. 1. He is charged with residential burglary, theft of property and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He will also be screened for drug court.
Jonathan Brian Kinnu entered a guilty plea to charges of residential burglary and theft of property. He was sentenced to twenty years in the ADC with six years suspended. He received the same sentence in another case where he entered a guilty plea to charges of residential burglary and theft of property. The sentences will run concurrent and he must pay $20,000 in restitution. Jail time credit was given.
Brian Keith Smith was originally charged with residential burglary and theft of property. The charge of residential burglary was nolle prossed and the charge of theft of property was amended to theft by receiving. He was sentenced to twelve years in the ADC with six years suspended and must pay $20,000 in restitution. Jail time credit was given.
Daniel Cain Lamb will return for trial on Dec. 17 for charges of breaking and entering and theft of property.
Jerry Wade Deal, Jr.’s trial was continued to pre-trial on Feb. 1. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with a purpose-schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Karrie Ann Haney’s trial was continued to pre-trial on Feb. 1. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance with a purpose-schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kaitlin Hartley’s trial was continued to pre-trial on Feb. 1. She is charged with first degree criminal mischief.
Paula Hill’s trial was continued to pre-trial on Feb. 1. She is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Charley Howard’s trial was continued to pre-trial on Feb. 1. She is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
William Rex Rather was charged with failure to comply with registration requirements. His pre-trial has been set for Feb. 1.
Colton David Burke was charged with failure to comply with registration requirements and possession of a firearm. His pre-trial has been set for Feb. 1.
Kay Burk was charged with second degree forgery. She is to return Dec. 14 for a possible plea and her bond was reduced to $5,000.
David Lee Adams entered a not guilty plea to charges of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance-schedule VI. His pre-trial has been set for March 14.
Joshua Hall entered a not guilty plea to a charge of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. His pre-trial has been set for March 14.
James Shufelberger was charged with theft of property and first degree forgery. His bond was set at $15,000 and he is to return Dec. 14.
William Harris was charged with possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $10,000 and he is to return Dec. 14.
Rexanne Charles made a first appearance on charges of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance-marijuana. Her bond was set at $50,000 and she is to return Dec. 14 for her formal arraignment.