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Bond revoked for county man

Monday, May 12, 2008

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A Clay County man voluntarily turned himself in to authorities at Clay County Sheriff's Department Monday after a court order rescinded bond.

After posting 10 percent of a $200,000 bond in April, John Lovett, 37, Brazil, is back in jail.

Lovett was arrested in March in connection with the 1988 double homicide of Tonya Pickett, 16, and her stepfather, Ricky Mustard, 32.

Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout confirmed to The Brazil Times that Lovett was rearrested Monday afternoon.

Trout told The Brazil Times Monday that after extensive research, he discovered that an evidentiary hearing was to take place in order for bail to be set. An evidentiary hearing would allow the defendant to present evidence and challenge the case against the defendant.

No such hearing took place, according to Trout.

"I acted on this immediately," Trout said. "I called both lawyers Monday and I felt like it needed to be corrected immediately."

Because no such hearing took place, the bond was revoked and Lovett was ordered back in jail. He turned himself in to Indiana State Police Det. Troy Stanton at the Clay County Justice Center Monday afternoon, according to a press release provided by the Indiana State Police.

Trout said Lovett turned himself in and cooperated. He had been released April 16, after posting bond.

The new warrant ordered Lovett be held without bail pending the evidentiary hearing, which Trout said is required by law.

In March, special prosecutors David Powell and Delbert Brewer conducted a news conference confirming the arrest of Lovett. He was charged with two counts of murder and was being held without bond at the justice center.

Lovett was arrested in a subdivision north of Brazil off State Road 59. He is being represented by James Organ.

A tentative trial date has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Aug. 4.


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The judge erred and admitted it. That is rare. Thanks for your honesty, Judge Trout.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 2:56 PM

That is right the judge made a mistake, so that still makes John innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his peers. Everybody needs to remember that!!!

-- Posted by loving_cuz on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 4:36 PM

Innocent until proven guilty!

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 10:37 AM

Is true innocent until proven guilty BUT as there has been nearly 20 years and it is 2 charges of murder; there should be no bail. This talk of innocent and his children being without their Dad???? WHAT ABOUT Rick's children and what this has done to them? Years of counseling, the nightmares they have suffered? His oldest son spent a lot of time with his Dad, fishing ,etc. His youngest...well he doen't even remember having a Dad. To those who want everyone to consider Lovett'e children, think about Rick's...they have missed out on more than you can imagine and still are and always will. The years without their Dad has not been easy for them but no one seems to consider them. They didn't get 20 years with their Father. Rick didn't get to see them grow up, share in their lives, their future, know their families( wives and granchildren). Those boys are very much the victims here and always will be.

-- Posted by levr.gar on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 2:52 PM

The children are all innocent regardless of what has and will happen, so perhaps they should be left out of the situation. God is in control and knows every situation, how about let him handle this one as well!!!!!!

-- Posted by loveoneanother on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 9:36 PM

Tell Rick's children they need to be left out...again. Until you have to live through it you have no idea what they have gone through...what it it were your children? Different story???

-- Posted by levr.gar on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 10:03 PM

It blows my mind that John was arrested to begin with and it doesn't surprise me that he would turn himself in without incident. It will be interesting to see what the state has against him. Although I haven't seen or talked to John in 20 yrs, I would have never guessed him to have been involved.

Remember everyone...Cheryl lost a daughter she cherished more than life itself as well as her husband. I lost a dear friend.

I sure hope there is a fair trial and the facts are proven and not just hopeful wishes to an end to a 20 year old nightmare.

-- Posted by maybe on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 1:46 PM

to you out there pray for all the famielys in the murder case of 1988 the boys of rick mustard had a ruff life going thru school hearing their dad died cause of drugs what do you think that did to them just think if john lovett is guility those poor kids

-- Posted by mouth2 on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 5:21 PM

-- Posted by mouth2 on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 5:25 PM

john had no choice but to turn his self in

-- Posted by mouth2 on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 5:28 PM

john had no choice but to turn his self in

-- Posted by mouth2 on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 5:30 PM

I PRAY THAT IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO YOUR FAMIELY CHERYL AND RICKS FAMIELY HAD TO HERE FOR YEARS HOW RICK AND TOYNA

DIED OVER DRUGS FOR TWENTY YEARS IT WAS SAID THAT GLEN SELSMAN DID IT. HAS ANYBODY SAID I AM SORRY FOR STARTING THAT RUMER NO I THINK NOT WELL MAYBE AFTER THIS IS SAID AND DONE WE MIGHT HERE I AN SORRY FROM THOSE WHO THOUGHT THEY KNEW SOO MUCH HA HA TO YOU

-- Posted by mouth2 on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 5:32 PM

Twenty years ago, my Uncle and Cousin were brutally murdered in this town. Twenty years of lies, rumours, and severe unjustices given to the family of My Uncle Rick. If, John(who is also a friend of the family) is the one whom commited these atrocious acts, the death penalty is not good enough. Justice is a funny thing, something many people have died for since the dawn of man. Why do you crucify John before the evidence is presented? I want justice as much as my Aunt Cheryl does, but not at the expense of injustice. Rick was my mother's only brother, my late Grandmother's only son. Say what you like, you are all clueless.

-- Posted by Ricks Nephew on Sat, Aug 2, 2008, at 4:31 PM


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