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Grand jury indicts several area residents

Grand jury indicts several area residents

March 30th, 2014 in News

The Cole County grand jury handed down several indictments this week, finding there was enough evidence to send the cases onto the circuit courts for possible trial.

Among those indicted were:

• A Jefferson City man charged with multiple criminal counts related to heroin distribution.

Phillip Connor, 25, of 608 E. Miller St., is charged with distribution of heroin on March 6.

A person to whom he had sold heroin and had overdosed afterwards told authorities it was Connor who gave it to him in exchange for high-grade marijuana.

Connor was also charged with possession with intent to distribute for being in possession of a bag containing three grams of heroin and another bag containing three grams of marijuana when picked up by police Monday.

During an interview with officers, Connor admitted the heroin was to be sold for profit and he gets $70 off every gram of heroin he sells. He said he had been selling heroin over the past six months in the Jefferson City area.

Connor is also charged with three counts of selling heroin in September, November and December of 2013. Those sales involved Connor selling to a reliable informant of the police department. Those sales were recorded by both digital audio and video recorders.

Court records show Connor had been on parole for a weapons offense involving a death.

• A St. Louis man has been charged with passing fraudulent checks at branches of a Jefferson City bank.

Avery Winks, 55, is charged with two counts of forgery and one count of felony stealing.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement shows Winks wrote four fraudulent checks at all four Jefferson Bank locations.

The checks totaled more than $9,300. Bank officials said they found the check numbers had previously been used by the account holder. The victim told bank officials the signatures on the checks were forged.

• Two Jefferson City men charged in connection with a drug overdose that occurred earlier this month.

The victim, Darrin Woods, 25, was charged with possession of a controlled substance along with Randall McKenzie Jr., 25.

According to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements, officers went to Woods' residence, 2126 Louis Circle, and found three containers with marijuana. Digital scales and other drug paraphernalia were also seized.

They also learned McKenzie had taken Woods to Capital Region Medical Center for treatment for Woods' overdose.

A neighbor said he saw McKenzie drive a vehicle at a high rate of speed through the apartment building's parking lot, parking the vehicle at the rear sliding door of the apartment where Woods lived.

The neighbor said McKenzie then asked him to help load Woods into McKenzie's vehicle because he had overdosed.

• A Jefferson City man charged with first-degree statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14.

Samuel Marshall, 18, was charged for the incident which occurred in November 2013.

A Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement shows authorities took Marshall in for an interview after the mother of another girl assaulted him after she found out he was with her daughter.

Investigators looked through Marshall's cellphone where they found text messages between him and the victim in this case. Many of the messages indicated the two had sex.

Marshall confirmed they had had sex, and during a forensic interview at an area advocacy center, the victim said she and Marshall had had sex and that Marshall knew she was underage.