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Fields Trial Continued; Singleton to Be Sentenced Today

Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

The bench trial for Christopher Fields, accused of being in possession of oxycodone, marijuana, and a hypodermic needle in November, has been continued after it was originally scheduled for Tuesday. He will reappear for a status hearing at a later date. Fields was arrested in November and charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance as Class D felonies, as well as Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia as Class A misdemeanors.

Meanwhile, Robert Singleton, Jr. will appear for a sentencing hearing this morning in the Starke Circuit Court following his conviction of Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony, and Possession of Precursors, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance as Class D felonies. Singleton was found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of two young children.

Singleton will receive his sentence at 9:30 a.m.

Jury Convicts Singleton on All Counts; Sentencing Set for March

Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

The trial against a man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of two young children came to a close last night in the Starke Circuit Court, where a jury found Robert Singleton guilty on all counts after a three-and-a-half hour deliberation.

The jury found Singleton guilty of Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony, and Possession of Precursors, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance as Class D felonies.

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Two Trials To Be Held Soon In Starke Circuit Court

Starke County Courthouse

Two pre-trial motions and instructions hearings were heard in the Starke Circuit Court yesterday.

Robert Singleton faces charges that include Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, and other possession charges. He was arrested on Feb. 17 when police traveled to a home on State Road 23 in Knox to serve an arrest warrant on Singleton and Matthew Baker, where police found an active methamphetamine lab and a slew of drugs in the presence of two young children. Singleton’s trial was re-set for Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. in the Starke Circuit Court.

Samuel Bradley will go to trial today at 9 a.m. for charges of Attempted Criminal Deviate Conduct and Criminal Confinement. He appeared for his pre-trial motions and instructions hearing yesterday, where the court determined everything is in place for the trial to proceed.

Four Arrested for Methampetamine Lab in Knox

While serving three arrest warrants on Robert Singleton and Matthew Baker, officers found the suspects Friday at 415 N. State Road 23 in Knox—along with an active methamphetamine lab and a slew of drugs in the presence of two young children.

When they arrived at the residence, officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox Police Department found Baker entering a vehicle and moved to detain him before finding an active one-pot methamphetamine lab in his hand. A brief altercation ended with a handcuffed Baker in the back of a squad car.

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Pretrial Motion and Instruction Hearings Held in Starke Circuit Court

Several pretrial motions and instructions hearings were held in the Starke Circuit Court yesterday. Jeannie Brewer, charged with Battery as a Class D Felony and Attempted Violation of a Custody Order, made her appearance in court with her attorney Richard Ballard. The state requested a continuance in this case, because the responding officer, Dave Combs, would be unavailable for the trial. The state said that they would like to have Combs take the stand and testify as to the statement he originally received from the victim because the victim has changed his story several times. Judge Kim Hall granted this continuation, and the trial has been scheduled for August 10th at 9:00 a.m. with a pretrial motions and instructions hearing on August 9th at 9:00 a.m.

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