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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Hall to get change of judge

  • A preliminary hearing scheduled for James D. Hall on Dec. 13 has been canceled.
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  • A preliminary hearing scheduled for James D. Hall on Dec. 13 has been canceled.
    According to Missouri CaseNet, Hall appeared in the Division 1 courtroom of the Newton County courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 16, for arraignment. Dade County Associate Circuit Judge David Reid Munton presided.
    However, in the days following the arraignment, Hall’s attorney, Charles Ross Rhoades, requested a change of judge.
    According to CaseNet, that motion has been granted, and a request has been sent to the Office of State Courts Administrator.
    Hall, 70, of Neosho and a former Missouri State Highway patrolman, has been charged with first-degree child molestation and third-degree assault.
    According to the probable cause affidavit, the charges stem from separate alleged incidents with two 11-year-old girls.
    Hall turned himself in to the Newton County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and was released after posting $5,000 bond.
    Though the Newton County Sheriff’s Department performed the initial investigation, those findings have been turned over to the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, due to Hall’s previous professional relationship with the Newton County prosecutor’s office.
    The two counts were filed by the state attorney general’s office on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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