RAYMOND CARTY FOUND GUILTY OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced today that Raymond L. Carty III, dob: 7/30/1979 of Ozark, Missouri was found guilty of the class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree after jury trial on March 19-20, 2012. The trial was presided over by the Honorable Mark Orr. Defendant was then taken into custody with a $50,000 cash/surety bond.

On May 6, 2011, officers were dispatched to a location in Ozark, Christian County, Missouri for a domestic disturbance. Officers made contact with victim L.J. who was standing in the front yard of the residence. L.J. stated that her and her live-in boyfriend had been arguing. L.J. stated that she was standing at the sink in her kitchen when defendant picked up a boiling pot of water and poured it onto her neck and shoulders. Officers noted redness to her neck and shoulders. L.J. was treated at a local hospital for first and second degree burns. Defendant stated that he and L.J. had been arguing when he accidentally burned her with he picked up a pot of boiling water off of the stove.

Sentencing is set for May 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm. The range of punishment for a class C felony is one day to one year in the Christian County Jail or two years to seven years in the Department of Corrections and/or up to a $5000 fine.

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ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR PRESENTS AT “PROTECTING LIVES, SAVING FUTURES”

Christian County Prosecuting Attorney, Amy J. Fite announced today that Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Benjamin J. Miller was invited to speak at the 2012 “Protecting Lives, Saving Futures DWI” conference for the State of Missouri this past week.  “Protecting Lives, Saving Futures” is a course that was created by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) for law enforcement professionals and prosecutors around the nation that focuses on aggressive and effective DWI detection, investigation, and prosecution.  Mr. Miller’s presentation focused on combating common defense challenges.  Mr. Miller also spent time discussing the effectiveness of Christian County’s “No Refusal” program and shared ideas and resources to other agencies in order to help them start their own programs.

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