A Chouteau couple received formal charges Dec. 13.
Marshall Jones and Kayla Powell both appeared in Mayes County District Court for arraignment. Jones appeared via video conference from Mayes County Jail where he is still being held. Jones was read his charges, possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor, child neglect and possession of paraphernalia. His bond remained at $100,000.
Kayla Powell was present in the courtroom having already posted the $100,000 bond. Powell appeared in front of Judge Rebecca Gore wearing a blue sweater and jeans. She was read her charges, which were the same as her co-defendant. She was also informed that possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor can carry up to two years in prison while child neglect can carry up to life.
“You have posted a $100,000 bond, therefore the court declines your application for a court appointed attorney,” said Gore.
Both cases were set for the preliminary hearing sounding docket Jan. 23, 2014.
Powell exited the court room with instruction to appear on that date with an attorney she must hire herself.
The two were arrested after a search warrant on their home found deplorable living conditions. The house was described as being covered in both dog and chicken feces, roaches, piles of clothes and trash as well as having exposed electrical wiring. Additionally officers recovered marijuana and smoke pipes, both of which were within reach of the minors living in the home.
The children were taken into Department of Human Services custody.