On September 23, 2019 Judge Bacon administered the Oath of Admission to the Missouri Bar to Joshua Baker and Scottie Bowden. Thereafter, Judge Bacon swore each one in as Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys. Finally, prior to receiving their badges of office each was administered the Prosecutor Code of Ethics by Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite.
Joshua Baker, a native of Kansas City, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2019). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2014).
Scottie Bowden, a native of Branson, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law (2019). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Ozarks (2015).
On June 8, 2019, Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Shana Mora participated in the “Over the Edge” fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center after raising $1100 for the organization.
Over the Edge is a unique fundraising program that tasks participants with raising a minimum of $1,000 dollars for the Child Advocacy Center. Participants meeting this criterion have the option of rappelling down the 11 story Sky Eleven (formerly Woodruff) Building in downtown Springfield, Missouri.
The Child Advocacy Center is an invaluable partner in both our community and the work we do at the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Formed in 1995, the CAC serves 16 counties throughout southwest and south central Missouri and has offices in Springfield and West Plains.
The CAC works with Children’s Division and other law enforcement agencies to ensure a “child-first” approach to handling cases of suspected child abuse. This ensures that investigations put the needs of child victims and witnesses first, and reduces the risk of further trauma during the investigation process.
RE: CHRISTIAN COUNTY JURY FINDS DOYLE HITCHCOCK GUILTY OF FIVE COUNTS OF FORCIBLE SODOMY, TWO COUNTS OF FORCIBLE RAPE AND SIX COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that DOYLE E HITCHCOCK DOB: 06/28/1963 formerly of Ozark, Missouri was found guilty on June 7, 2018 by a Christian County jury of five counts of forcible sodomy, two counts of forcible rape and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. A jury trial was commenced before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock on June 4, 2018 and concluded on June 7, 2018.
The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before finding the defendant guilty. Formal sentencing will be scheduled before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock.
The range of punishment forcible sodomy and forcible rape is a term not less than five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or a life sentence. The range of punishment for the endangering the welfare of a child is a term of incarceration up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine up to $5,000.
The investigation of this case was handled by Christian County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Tuohy.
John Peacock takes the oath of office administered by the Hon. Doug Bacon.
John Peacock was sworn in as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Christian County on February 20, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Doug Bacon.
Peacock, a native of Kansas City, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the Louisiana State University (2017). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside (2007).
1st Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau leads John Peacock through the Prosecutor’s Code of Ethics.
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that Adrian Shaw, age 56, of St. Louis, Missouri, was found guilty of statutory sodomy first degree. A jury trial commenced on Monday, August 14, 2017 in the City of St. Louis with the Honorable Judge Jimmie Edwards presiding. The jury rendered its guilty verdict on Thursday, August 17, 2017, finding the defendant guilty of statutory sodomy in the first degree of a child less than 12. The facts presented included that on or between June 2 and June 3, 2015, the defendant had deviate sexual intercourse with a three-year-old little girl. The defendant was the boyfriend of the child’s grandmother. The court prior to commencement of the jury trial found the defendant to be a prior and persistent felony offender. The Honorable Jimmie Edwards will sentence Shaw on October 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 19 of the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis.
The case was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen M. Tuohy serving as special prosecutors. The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney was appointed January 31, 2017 by the Honorable Michael Stelzer of the 22nd Judicial Circuit to serve as a special prosecutor for this matter. The City of St. Louis Police Department’s Child Abuse Unit Detective Julie Johnson was the primary investigator of this crime.