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Seven indicted by Kanawha special prosecutor

By Staff reports

A separate set of indictments was returned by a Kanawha County grand jury that deals with charges involving allegations of domestic abuse, which Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants is barred from handling.

Chief Kanawha special prosecutor Don Morris announced the indictment of seven defendants on Tuesday. The conflict created by the misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and violating a domestic violence protective order Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants faces requires a team of special prosecutors, a circuit judge ruled earlier this year.

In April, Judge Duke Bloom appointed Morris and three of Plants’ assistants to handle all of the county’s cases involving child abuse and neglect, violent crimes against children by parents or guardians and criminal violations of protective orders. Another assistant in Plants’ office was moved to help Morris last month.

Those assistants no longer report to Plants, who is charged with striking his 11-year-old son with a belt and leaving a six-to-seven-inch bruise on the boy’s thigh.

Morris is being paid $200 an hour — an amount county commissioners set. He retired as an assistant in Plants’ office last year after working there 27 years.

Kanawha County officials are also paying $125 an hour to special prosecutor Sid Bell to prosecute Plants on the two misdemeanor charges. Plants has agreed to attend a batterers intervention program in Putnam County to attempt to have the charges dismissed.

The indictments Morris announced are not a finding of fact; it only means that grand jurors have decided that enough evidence exists to warrant a criminal trial.

Judge Tod J. Kaufman, today, 10:30 a.m.

April G. McDaniel, 36, of St. Albans, child abuse resulting in injury and battery; Joseph A. Saunders, 58, of South Charleston, first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian and person in a position of trust.

Judge James C. Stucky, July 8, 10 a.m.

Tony Ray Mitchell, 48, of Belle, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian and person in a position of trust.

Judge Carrie Webster, July 14, 1:30 p.m.

Jessie Lynn Brewer, 44, of South Charleston, sexual ab use by a parent, guardian, custodian and person in a position of trust; Kara Tilton Brumley, 32, of Pinch, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian and person in a position of trust; Larry Gilbert Thompson, 73, of South Charleston, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian and person in a position of trust and first-degree sexual assault.

Judge Paul Zakaib Jr., July 15, 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Ray Bryant, 27, of Charleston, first-degree sexual abuse and sexual ab use by a parent, guardian, custodian and person in a position of trust.


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