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Rigdon cases moved to Washington County

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Change of venue granted due to recent publicity

By Stephen Lega

Seven cases involving William David "Billy" Rigdon are being moved to Washington Circuit Court.

On Jan. 3, Circuit Judge Dan Kelly approved a change of venue in a series of cases in which Rigdon is the defendant.

Numerous charges are pending against Rigdon, 26, of 1590 Sulpher Springs Road in Lebanon. These charges are first-degree wanton endangerment (five counts), fourth-degree assault domestic violence (no visible injury), third-degree terroristic threatening (four counts), menacing (four counts), receiving stolen property (firearm), obscuring the identity of a machine valued at less than $10,000, receiving stolen property under $10,000 (three counts) and first-degree assault.

Rigdon's attorney, Todd Spalding, filed a motion requesting the change of venue on Dec. 9.

"In support of this motion, the Defendant respectfully asserts that he and his family's names have been in the newspaper for multiple weeks concerning various allegations," Spalding wrote. "Because of the vast amount of publicity that the Defendant and his family have received, the Defendant respectfully asserts that he would be unable to receive a fair trial in Marion County."

In other motions:

- Bradley Thomas, Willoughby, 27, at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex was sentenced to serve two years for second-degree escape. His sentence is to be served consecutive to his current sentence.

A charge of first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.

Sentencing pending:

- Quintin Michael Taylor, 24, at Marion Adjustment Center pled guilty to an amended charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 7.

Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed against Taylor.

- Patricia Ann McNear, 31, of 795 W. Main Street in Lebanon pled guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance/cocaine first offense. Her sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 7.

Charges of second-degree promoting contraband, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and second-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed against McNear.