BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Circuit Court went through its second round of arraignments for the April circuit court term on Tuesday.
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said that the grand jury saw 261 cases, and that 183 of those cases were “true billed,” where the jury makes issues a written decision stating it believes there is enough evidence from the prosecution to suggest the accused did commit a crime.
“There were more true bills during this term than I’ve seen here in a long time,” Harrell said. “102 cases were true billed during the October 2013 term.”
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said the grand jury handed down 94 indictments; multiple counts on certain felonies account for the 183 true bills.
“We doubled our caseload,” Scott said. “Normally we have 120-130 cases.”
Nathaniel Collins, of West Point, was indicted and arraigned for fondling, sexual battery and possession of a weapon by a felon.
According to court documents, Collins was previously convicted in 1998 in Cook County, Ill., for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. He was sentenced to 25 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for that crime but received an early release.
Collins’ trial was set for July 14 and as of Tuesday there was no bond, pending a hearing.
Robert Bean, of West Point, was indicted for seven counts of filming without permission. According to court documents Bean allegedly filmed a female in a state of undress with “lewd, licentious or indecent intent.”
Bean’s bond was set at $50,000, and his trial was set for Oct. 8.
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