AR-News: (US-NV) Karl Mitchell in Jail, no bail
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May 21, 2004
JUROR HARASSMENT Mitchell in jail, no bail
By DOUG McMURDO
Embattled former animal control contractor Karl Mitchell found himself in the custody of Nye County deputies Sunday morning after Fifth District Judge Robert Lane revoked the man's bail after Mitchell allegedly harassed one of the jurors who convicted him last week of theft.
According to Sheriff Tony DeMeo, Mitchell was arrested at around 8:50 Sunday morning at his home on Bannavitch and Jesse streets.
District Attorney Bob Beckett said Mitchell reportedly followed one of the jurors in his trial to Wal-Mart following his conviction. "He was screaming into his cell phone," said Beckett. "He followed her throughout the store and that frightened her.
"She asked security to escort her to her car and then reported the incident."
Other incidents that prompted Lane to take action involves an allegation that Mitchell reportedly threatened one of the investigators in his case. "He called one of our guys a son of a bitch," Beckett said, adding that Mitchell followed prosecutor Kirk Vitto into a gas station last week.
Mitchell will remain in custody until Lane conducts his law and motion calendar June 8. Mitchell faces sentencing on July 8 for last week's conviction, in which Mitchell was found guilty of stealing a vehicle from Liz Gini, wife of Bob Glennen, Mitchell's former defense attorney.
But Mitchell's legal troubles are far from over. On June 1-3 Mitchell faces trial on three counts of theft alleging he cashed and kept three county checks worth more than $45,000. The checks were mistakenly sent to Mitchell for three consecutive months after his animal control contract with Nye County was terminated.
Additionally, Beckett said Mitchell could face a perjury charge. The defendant took the stand in his own defense last week; allegedly he lied under oath.
>From Beckett's perspective, the incident involving the female juror called for prompt action. "We cannot tolerate anyone harassing jurors," said Beckett. "That goes right to the foundation of the system and that's why we felt it was so important to bring it to the judge.
"People, jurors and witnesses have to know we will protect them because if we fail in that, everything breaks down."
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