Woman Recants, Kidnapping Charges Dismissed
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The case against a Shelbyville man who was accused of kidnapping a woman is over thanks to the alleged victim recanting.

Richard Elam Cathey appeared before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton with his attorney Assistant Public Defender Ken McKnight for his first official court appearance.

McKnight told the Court that, after investigation and further questioning of the female involved, it was determined the she went willingly with Cathey and that he did not rape her. In light of those developments, the case was dismissed.

The search for Cathey and his eventual arrest garnered attention from several Middle Tennessee news agencies after he was accused of kidnapping and raping the woman in Shelbyville and then taking her to Cannon County.

He was also alleged to have taken her to a grave where he threatened to kill her. According to evidence presented today, those events never happened. Cathey has been held on a $50,000.00 in the Cannon County Jail since his arrest on May 20th.

Cathey faces aggravated kidnapping and rape charges in Shelbyville which arose from the same circumstances as the Cannon County case but given this new evidence, those cases will probably be dismissed also. Cathey was transported to Shelbyville after court. No word yet on whether the woman will be charged with anything.

In other business before the Court:

Robert L. Self was bound over to the September, 2010 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. He is charged with theft over $1,000.00 and criminal trespass.

Michael Ryan Barrett was bound over to the September, 2010 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. He is charged with aggravated assault.

Michael Murphy pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

Misty Winslow pled guilty to the charge of driving on a suspended license 2nd offense or more. She was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon the service of 25 days in jail, an equal amount of time on probation, paying a $50.00 fine and paying the court costs.

David Wayne Weaver pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs.

Mack D. Sloan pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail.

Jeremy D. Sissom pled guilty to the charge of driving on a revoked license. He was sentenced to 6 months in the county jail. He was ordered to serve his entire sentence and his license was revoked for one year.

Clyde Williams pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Jason Ostby pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 10 days in jail.

Caleb H. Jones pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs.

Jeanette Lynn Olejniczak pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. She was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs.
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