Terry Lynn Luther, Jr., 35, the man who is accused of starting a high speed chase when he fled from a traffic stop in Booneville on April 8 was formally arraigned with felony theft offenses in three cases on Friday in Booneville.
Charges stemming from the fleeing incident in Booneville have been filed as a north Logan County case, according to Booneville Police Chief Al Brown.
Luther, who plead not guilty through public defender John Irwin in the three new cases Friday, appeared in court wearing a Sebastian County issued orange jump suit, flip flops and he was outfitted with leg and waist chains besides handcuffs.
After the fleeing incident here, Luther had been wanted until he was captured by Sebastian County law enforcement officials on June 15. He is being held there on a $250,000 bond, according to a jail official. His Sebastian County charges include two counts of kidnapping, first degree criminal mischief, two counts of aggravated assault and theft of property.
Luther, who was returned to the Sebastian County Detention Center following the court appearance, asked if he had a bond in court Friday, but none has been set as yet.
In the new cases, Luther is charged with theft by receiving in connection with a stolen Volkswagen found in a pasture near Loveall Road near Sugar Grove in an investigation that also began on April 8, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Investigators spoke to a woman on April 9 who told them the vehicle was discovered by her children while they were playing.
The vehicle had been reported stolen by a Paris resident on March 27, the affidavit states.
The owner of the residence said Luther came to her home on April 8 along with two females and a male, neither of whom she knew, and that Luther “wiped down” the vehicle. She also told investigators she informed Luther he could not leave the vehicle there and that he took it back and parked it somewhere in a pasture where the children found it.
The theft by receiving charge against Luther is a Class D felony punishable upon conviction by up to six years in prison and or a fine of up to $10,000.
Luther, is one of five co-defendants named in one case along with Jesse Quick, 32, Richard Quick, 32, and another man who has not been served, as well as Amanda Nietert, 32, according to court documents.
Irwin was appointed to represent Jesse Quick, Richard Quick and Nietert Friday and each plead not guilty.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, on June 16 a Logan County deputy, acting on a tip from a 911 call stopped a truck in the 7400 block of Possum Hollow Road.
The three men in the truck, Jesse Quick, Richard Quick and the as-yet unserved co-defendant, said they accompanied a female named Mandy and a man named Terry to a residence in the 7600 block of the road. The men said they were told by the female that the home belonged to her cousin and that although “the story never sounded right” they took items from the shed and property anyway.
When investigators went to the residence two days later they found the garage door pushed into the building, apparently hit with a large object, possibly a vehicle, the affidavit states. Photos were taken of the scene and four cigarette butts found in the garage were seized.
Jesse Quick, Richard Quick, Nietert, Luther and the fifth defendant face charges of breaking or entering, theft of property and second degree criminal mischief. The breaking or entering charge is a Class D felony punishable upon conviction by up to six years in prison and or a fine of up to $10,000. The other charges are misdemeanors.
Nietert and Luther were together along with Marissa Organ, 21, when they fled from the traffic stop in Booneville in April touching off a high speed chase that ended in the Paint Rock Road area. Nietert would be accused of kicking out a window in a deputy’s vehicle and, later, attempting to escape.
Organ and Luther are now co-defendants in the theft of a Dodge Dakota pickup truck from a Glendale Lane residence reported by the Booneville Democrat last week. The two were reportedly at the home where the truck went missing and Luther was identified as the man who left the truck at the Magazine baseball/softball complex.
Organ plead not guilty through the public defender Friday.
Luther is charged with Class D felony theft of property in the case. The charge is punishable upon conviction by up to six years in prison and or a fine of up to $10,000.