‘Concerns’ expressed in Grace McDonald trial

first_img Facebook Elizabeth Grace McDonald leaves the Ector County Courthouse today after attending a pretrial hearing. 1 of 3 By admin – April 23, 2018 There was no mention on what kind of treatment was needed for Grace McDonald, but Assistant Attorney General Geoff Barr said the state would need time to review the motion. District Judge James Rush asked defense attorneys to communicate with the state and then communicate with the court in regard to filing a motion.Grace McDonald bonded out of jail Feb. 2 after her bond was reduced from about $2 million to $200,000 following a pre-trial hearing with the newly-assigned prosecution. District Attorney Bobby Bland recused his office from both siblings’ cases in December.She was arrested again April 11 after the judge ordered a warrant for her arrest for a bond condition violation. Some of the bond conditions included she could not attempt to injure herself, which she had done in the past prosecution previously told the court, and that she would only be able to reside with one family.Court records show a motion to modify a bond condition was filed April 5 for her to live with another family. An order denying the motion was later filed April 10 and the same day the warrant was issued for her arrest. The warrant stated no bond would be permitted.Both Barr and Fagerberg, who were teleconferenced in Monday, also expressed concern that with her brother’s jury trial scheduled for June 11, which is expected to take about a week, and her case close behind, set for June 24, there may not be enough time to properly prepare for Grace McDonald’s trial.Fagerberg said they would need a copy of the transcript from Gabe McDonald’s trial and need time to digest what happens during the course of his trial before taking her case before a jury. Fagerberg said he would like to plant the seed of a possible continuance for her trial.“I share Mr. Fagerberg’s concern in that regard,” Barr said, adding that the state is still conducting its investigation into Grace McDonald’s case and Gabe McDonald’s trial will be relevant to that.Rush asked the prosecutor and defense attorneys to discuss the issue further, consider a timeframe for Grace McDonald’s trial and they would discuss the matter further during a May pre-trial conference.“Certainly I want to move both cases. They have been in the system for awhile,” Rush said, adding that it would benefit the defendants, family members and community, “but it needs to be done right.”A pre-trial hearing for Gabe McDonald is set for 2 p.m. May 8 and another hearing for Grace McDonald is set for 1:30 p.m. May 10 in Rush’s courtroom. WhatsApp Previous articleCommissioners delay courthouse debt decisionNext articleOPD responds to three major crashes during weekend admin A prosecutor for the Attorney General’s office and defense attorneys for Elizabeth Grace McDonald discussed several concerns about the case during a status conference today.Grace McDonald, 23, is facing charges of capital murder of multiple persons, criminal conspiracy and prohibited sexual conduct. She and her adoptive sibling, Gabe McDonald, are accused of fatally shooting their parents, Gregg and Jana McDonald, March 2, 2016, in their Conley Avenue home.Grace is also accused of having sex with her adoptive brother. Gabe McDonald, who is accused of pulling the trigger during the fatal shooting, is only facing one count of capital murder of multiple persons.Defense attorney Thomas Fagerberg said today he was concerned with Grace McDonald back in custody they would like to look at sending her to a treatment center, possibly out of state. ‘Concerns’ expressed in Grace McDonald trial Twittercenter_img Pinterest Elizabeth Grace McDonald leaves the Ector County Courthouse today after attending a pretrial hearing. Twitter WhatsApp Elizabeth Grace McDonald leaves the Ector County Courthouse today after attending a pretrial hearing. Local NewsCrime Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

3 overdraft hacks that your members will love

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nobody likes getting dinged with fees. In fact, levying too many fees at your members is a surefire way of frustrating them. But what if I told you there’s a way to make your members appreciate your approach to overdraft fees?There are a few win-win ways to turn a bad member experience (overdraft fees) into a great one. And the best part is, they don’t take much effort. In fact, they may even save time in the long run…Why Am I Thinking About Fees?Recently, I overdrafted my account at a credit union. Doh! The funny thing was that I had plenty of money in my savings account, and it was an honest mistake. So, how did this happen? continue reading »last_img read more

New squad leader named in Versailles

first_imgVersailles, In. — Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter announced that Trooper Zachariah Ruble, a Jackson County resident, is being promoted to sergeant to serve as a District Squad Leader with the Indiana State Police, Versailles District.Sgt. Ruble is a 1999 graduate of Southwestern High School, Hanover, Indiana.  After high school he joined the United States Marines where he served over five years, achieving the rank of Sergeant in 2002.  During his time in the Marines, he was awarded the Marine Corps Combat Aircrew Wings and First Strike/Flight Air Medal for his actions in Afghanistan in 2004.Sgt. Ruble attended the 65th Indiana State Police Academy and graduated in April 2006.  After graduation, he was assigned to the Seymour District of the Indiana State Police until its closing in 2010.  He was then transferred to the Versailles District.  He also served three years as a watch officer in the Indiana Fusion Center.As a trooper, Sgt. Ruble has been a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, Honor Guard, and a field training officer.  He is certified as a Control Tactics, Taser, and Firearms Instructor.  He has been a core instructor at the Indiana State Police Academy for five years and recently served as a counselor for the 78th ISP Recruit Academy.Sgt. Ruble is very active in his community.  He has coached football for the Seymour Youth Football League and the Seymour Middle School Football Team.  He has also coached baseball at Seymour Middle School and Trinity Lutheran High School.Sgt. Ruble was promoted after completing the rigorous Indiana State Police promotional process which included performance evaluations, written testing, oral interview, and review by the Indiana State Police Superintendent.Sgt. Ruble’s new responsibilities include supervising and evaluating a squad of troopers who patrol the Versailles District.Versailles District Commander Lt. Paul Adams recently stated, “Sgt. Ruble is deserving of his new position as a supervisor with the Indiana State Police.  His experience in the Marines and Indiana State Police Career has prepared him to lead troopers at the Versailles District. He truly represents the values of the Indiana State Police and I believe his experience and knowledge will be an asset in his new role.”last_img read more