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Man enters plea of not guilty

Monday, March 10, 2008

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A Terre Haute man arrested for allegedly hampering an official investigation of his possible involvement in a domestic dispute and accident Thursday evening, pled not guilty in Clay Superior Court Monday afternoon when charged with eight various counts from the incident.

Richard E. Rightsell Jr., 29, Terre Haute, was formally charged by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office with one charge of class D felony strangulation, one charge of class D felony assisting a criminal, one charge of class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, two charges of class A misdemeanors battery resulting in bodily injury, one charge of class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, one charge of class B misdemeanor failure to stop after accident resulting in non-vehicle damage and one charge of class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

According to court documents, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the undisclosed scene of a domestic dispute in the Harmony area involving at least one adult and a juvenile.

Upon questioning the people at the scene, Deputy Brison Swearingen and Deputy/K-9 Handler Josh Clarke determined Rightsell apparently physically assaulted Rebecca L. Snyder and an unidentified juvenile.

Rightsell fled the scene, with officers in pursuit, until he left his vehicle near the intersection of County Road 800 North and Harmony Road and fled on foot.

K-9 Officer Forrest tracked Rightsell's scent to a nearby field and detained the suspect without injury by holding on to the sleeve of his coat until officers were able to take him into custody.

Medical personnel performed a physical check of Rightsell's body at the scene, confirming he was uninjured. Field sobriety testing provided information that Rightsell had at least a .20 blood alcohol content (BAC).

Rightsell was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center.

Appearing before Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers Monday, Rightsell, who has yet to employ a defense attorney, was advised of the formal charges.

An informal plea of not guilty was entered on Rightsell's behalf with a pre-trial conference date set for 1:30 p.m., April 14 and a jury trial scheduled for 1:30 p.m., July 28.

Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that Rightsell remains incarcerated on a $25,000 bond, with no 10 percent allowed, as of Monday evening.


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Alcohol makes people do crazy things.

-- Posted by RDK on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 6:31 AM

So do so-called "friends" who beg for your protection, convincing you that they are being betrayed. This man in the article is my relative, and I live with him. He is sweet and generous. He is highly protective of his friends. According to him, a friend attacked this Snyder girl (and I know this friend knew her), funny how she doesn't step up and let them know who should be punished for her assault. Maybe the Times needs to get the story straight before they go running their mouths.

-- Posted by Alalim on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 10:57 PM

On top of that, Rick's "friend" bailed out on him while Rick was protecting him. Rick is now left with a few false charges thanks to his good "friend." I guess what he learned was not to trust this friend anymore. I am enraged at this article and how it barely mentions the other person involved. Maybe the focus should be on this other person who began the dispute, not my relative who was only doing something he mistakenly thought was right in defense of a "good friend." That's what people who care in this world get, I guess.

-- Posted by Alalim on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 11:02 PM


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