Court News

Jerry Studdard, 52, of Wasola, charged with forcible sodomy - deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion and two counts of statuary sodomy, was scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 14 by Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson; however, defense attorney Scott Gregory Taylor on Nov. 11 filed a motion...
Judge Calvin Holden has been assigned by the Missouri Supreme Court to hear Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud’s case in connection with the murder of her 16-year-old biological daughter Savannah Leckie. Holden is currently a circuit judge based in Greene County.  The Supreme Court assignment was made...

Angaline Ryan, courtesy of Ozark County Sheriff's Department
Angaline Ryan, 60, of West Plains was scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing in Texas County Tuesday. Ryan, an Ozark County landowner, is charged with first-degree assault, serious physical injury and armed criminal action in connection with allegations of a April 13, 2015, ambush-style shooting of...
Isabella resident Jennifer Engles pleaded guilty by Alford plea to endangering the welfare of a child during a Nov. 9 hearing before Judge Calvin Holden in Greene County in connection with allegations that she was present while her husband, Ernest “Dale” Engles, sexually abused a child younger than...

Christopher Thorne
Christopher Patrick Thorne, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of arson Nov. 8 before Circuit Judge Craig Carter. He was sentenced to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each count, but execution of the sentences was suspended. He is also on supervised probation. Thorne was to...
Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of 28 criminal cases and seven civil cases during the Nov. 8 session of Ozark County Law Day. The criminal case updates are listed below.    Cases that reached  disposition Michael Linn Cox pleaded guilty to domestic assault and was sentenced to a 120-...

Rebecca Ruud and Robert Peat Jr.
Rebecca Ruud’s and Robert Peat Jr.’s murder trials are both awaiting Supreme Court assignment to a new judge.  Ruud appeared before Judge Tony W. Williams in the Taney County Courthouse Oct. 27 represented by public defender John Zimmerman after Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant had filed a...
Talmadge Pendergrass, 28, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, has been convicted in federal court of making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm in a case connected to the Nov. 7, 2015, murder of an  elderly Midway, Arkansas, couple. Pendergrass is alleged to have purchased the 9mm handgun...
The bench trial of Theodosia husband and wife David Bauer, 55, and Tiffany Bauer, 33, was held before Associate Judge Elizabeth Bock Nov. 1-2 at the Ozark County Courthouse in Gainesville. After hearing two days of testimony, Bock took the trial under advisement, meaning she plans to review the...

Jerry Studdard
Jerry Studdard, 52, of Wasola is scheduled to be arraigned before Associate Judge Cynthia MacPherson Nov. 14 on charges of forcible sodomy/deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion and two counts of statutory sodomy. The allegations against Studdard include sexually engaging multiple...

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