Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 3, 2014

Trial date set in VSO case

CROSSVILLE — The case against a former Cumberland County Veterans Service Organization (VSO) officer — that has been bouncing from court docket to court docket since an indictment was first handed down in September 2012 — appears headed for trial.

At times it appeared the case would be settled, but state prosecutors and defense attorneys apparently failed to reach an agreement on how much restitution would be demanded.

Wednesday, Mark Daniels' attorney, J. Steve Daniels of Overton County, told Judge Leon Burns that a trial date would be needed and Burns set the case for trial on Oct. 31. Burns also set a last date for motions and hearings of Oct. 3.

Daniels, 50, was indicted by the Cumberland County Grand Jury on Sept. 10, 2012, on a single count of theft of more than $10,000. The charge stems from a joint investigation by the District Attorney's Office and the State Comptroller's Office concerning funds that were alleged to be missing. The indictment states that between Oct. 1, 2010, and June 15, 2012, funds in the form of currency and checks that had been given to the office had been converted to personal use.

A superseding indictment was handed down on Sept. 9, 2013, charging theft of more than $60,000, and claims that $134,244.58 was missing from the office.

A report from the comptroller's office issued in August 2013 claims that funds were diverted to a personal bank account and to vendors and citizens when it was supposed to be deposited in the VSO account and used for veterans.

The state report said that about $22,000 was repaid.

In several court appearance over the past two years, the case was continued as both sides worked together for a possible settlement, but last Wednesday attorney Daniels cast doubt that an agreement would be reached, asking for the trial date.

In other cases on the docket, the following took place:

Deadline docket

•Ollen Jimmy Davis, aggravated assault, continued to Aug. 13.

•Yvetta Leigh Emery, theft of less than $60,000, continued to Aug. 13.

•Garry Wendell Godsey, three counts of driving under the influence, per se, and refusing to take an intoximeter test, continued to July 14 at 1 p.m.

•Kevin Hastings, first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, neglected or endangerment, continued to Aug. 13 for review.

•Erik J. Hunter, carrying a weapon while in commission of a felony and manufacture, delivery or sale of a schedule I drug, forfeiture and attachment issued for failure to appear; ten days in jail and ordered held for bond hearing.

•Kathie Diana Jackson, fourth offense driving under the influence, continued to July 14.

•William Scott Kilby, burglary and two counts of theft of less than $10,000, continued to Aug. 13.

•Nathanial R. Lake, robbery, three counts of aggravated burglary, burglary, four counts of theft of less than $10,000 and vandalism, continued to Aug. 13.

•Bryan Allen Lamoureaux, sexual battery, continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Rachel Alexandra Looney, multiple counts of willful abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult, continued to Aug. 13.

•Brandon James Miller, statutory rape, continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Timothy Dale Moore, possession of more than 300 grams of methamphetamine, possession of meth, evading arrest and driving on a suspended license, Randal Boston appointed to represent Moore; assessed a $450 fee and continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Robert Montgomery Parker, possession of less than one-half gram of methamphetamine, simple possession/casual exchange and possession of a legend drug, continued to June 30.

•Raymond Charles Russell, aggravated assault and allowing an unlicensed driver to drive, continued to the Oct. 27 deadline docket and set for trial Nov. 14.

•Amanda Leigh Sheppard, theft of less than $10,000, continued to June 30.

•Jason Sherrill, sexual battery, continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Kelly Michelle Young, theft of less than $10,000, continued to July 14.

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