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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Escapee pleads not guilty

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  • A Carthage man wanted for failing to appear in court in Newton County, plead not guilty Wednesday on Jasper County charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and escape from police custody.
    Nathaniel Norris, 20, escaped from Carthage police  around 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
    Norris was recaptured about four hours later.
    Norris is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in Newton County, and was last scheduled to appear before Newton County Judge Timothy Perigo on June 17 for a pre-trial hearing.
    However, according to Missouri CaseNet, Norris did not appear and Perigo issued a warrant for his arrest, with bond set at $20,000 cash only.
    Norris was later captured by Carthage Police, though he temporarily escaped from police custody.
    Court records also indicate that Norris had failed to appear for a court hearing in Jasper County on June 11, in reference to completion of the terms of a probation sentence.
    Norris appeared via video for arraignment on Wednesday, July 17 in Jasper County court, before Judge Stephen Carlton, at which time Norris plead not guilty to the Jasper County felony charges.
    A public defender was appointed.
    A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 in Jasper County Court before Judge Richard Copeland.
    Norris also plead not guilty to the Newton County felony charges in August 2012.

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