The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

March 30, 2013

Northcutt case continued

Officer James Willyard was called as a witness in the case of State of Oklahoma vs. Matthew Northcutt at a preliminary hearing on Feb. 27.

Northcutt, Pryor, is charged with lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16. Investigation into the case began in September of 2012, when charges were filed by the victim’s mother.

The charges focused on three separate incidents in which the defendant allegedly exposed himself to the child, while doing lewd/indecent acts.

Willyard testified that in the recorded interview, the defendant admitted to enjoying the act, and did not deny that they occurred.

The defendant’s attorney, Jacqueline Rhodes, said the state had not met the burden of proof to go to trial. She was overruled by Judge Rebecca Gore.

Gore stated there is reasonable proof that the lewd act did occur and that there is reasonable cause to say Northcutt committed the act. For that reason, he was bound over for trial in Mayes County District Court March 13.

Rhodes requested a bond reduction, as Northcutt is a long-time Mayes County resident and not a flight risk.

The state objected and he did not receive a bond reduction. Furthermore, Northcutt was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Northcutt appeared before Judge Terry McBride March 13. At that time the court elected to continue the case until April 10, at 1:30 where it will be shown for Mayes County District Court arraignment. Northcutt will remain in custody of the Mayes County Jail until that time.

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