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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Hall gets Barton County judge

  • A pre-trial conference has been scheduled and a new judge assigned in the case of former Missouri State Highway Patrolman James D. Hall.
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  • A pre-trial conference has been scheduled and a new judge assigned in the case of former Missouri State Highway Patrolman James D. Hall.
    Hall, 70, of Neosho, is charged with first-degree child molestation and third-degree assault, stemming from allegations made by two 11-year-old girls.
    Hall had originally been scheduled to appear in court December 13 for a preliminary hearing, though according to Missouri CaseNet, Hall’s attorney, Charles Ross Rhoades, requested a change of judge and that hearing was canceled.
    According to CaseNet, Charles Curless, an associate circuit judge in Barton County, has been assigned to the case, and a pre-trial conference has now been scheduled for 11 a.m. December 17 at the Newton County Courthouse.
    David Munton, associate circuit judge in Dade County, had previously been assigned to the case, and presided over Hall’s arraignment on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
    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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