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Judge takes Matthews motion under advisement

By David Knopf-News Editor

Circuit Court Judge David Miller heard arguments Wednesday on a motion that would separate 14 charges against defendant Rebecca Matthews, a mother charged in the death of one child and abusing three others.

Miller heard Public Defender Janeal Matheson defend the motion and Julie Tolle, an assistant attorney general from Jefferson City, argue against it.

Miller took the issue under advisement and gave Tolle 10 days to file any additional motions on the multiple charges and Matheson 10 more days to respond to them.

Matheson argued that the original charge against Matthews and her husband, Dennis Matthews, should be separated from 13 additional charges filed subsequently on allegations of a variety of abuses against the Matthewses’ other children, as well as the deceased infant.

Matheson told the court that the additional counts were improperly grouped and might prejudice jurors in reaching a verdict against her client.

Dennis Matthews is being tried separately and is defended by Greg Moser, also a public defender.

The complete story is in the Thursday, March 5, 2015 Richmond News.

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