Meth Defendants Appointed Attorneys
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Nine of the 12 people charged following a series of meth busts conducted by the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department last week were appointed attorneys in Cannon County General Sessions Court Tuesday.

Tuesday would have been slower than normal day in general sessions court were it not for the 14 prisoners brought over from the Cannon County Jail in what is known as the “Ten Day” rule. All the cases on the docket involved minor traffic offenders or worthless check charges.

Charges of that nature are usually revolved between the defendant and the judge, eliminating the need for a district attorney or public defender. One day is set aside each month in general sessions court to resolve those cases.

Attorney Tommy Bray filled in as acting judge for Judge Susan Melton Tuesday, who is attending an annual judicial conference this week.

The “Ten Day” rule is in place because it is against state law to keep a person unable to post bond in jail longer than that without giving them the opportunity to either obtain their own attorney or appoint one to represent them.

On Tuesday, the following persons were appointed attorneys on meth-making charges.

• Donna M. McPeak was appointed Ryan Freeze. Her next court date is April 24.

• Jerry Gunter was appointed Brandon Booten. His next court date is April 3.

• Justin Barrett was appointed Thomas Parkerson. His next court date is April 24.

• David McPeak was appointed Assistant Public Defender Ken McKnight. His next court date is April 24.

• Cynthia Thomas was appointed Joseph Beecham. Her next court date is April 24.

• Tiffany Mullins-Cross was appointed Nathan White. Her next court date is April 24.

• Cody J. Shaffer was appointed Jerry Matthews. His next court date is April 3.

• David R. Nipper was appointed Joshua Crain. His next court date is April 3.

• Justin A. Taggart was appointed McKnight. His next court date is April 17.

McKnight likely would have been appointed to more of those defendants were they not involved in the same case. 

Other persons appointed attorneys in unrelated cases Tuesday were:

• Rachel M. Srour, who is charged with Aggravated Assault and two counts each of Burglary and Theft. She was appointed Barbara Futter. Her next court date is April 17.

• Johnny Duncan, charged with Violation Of Probation, was appointed McKnight. His next court date is March 12.

• Joseph M. Starnes, charged with Violation Of Probation, was appointed McKnight. His next court date is March 20.

• Johnny Stevens, charged with Violation Of Probation, was appointed McKnight. His next court date is March 6.

• Ronnie G. Bedwell, Jr., charged with Violation Of Probation, was appointed McKnight. His next court date is pending.

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