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Area men receive trial dates

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Two Clay County men who were taken into custody in December and arrested on preliminary charges of child molestation recently received trial information.

According to court documents, Tommy K. Edmonson, 64, Turner, and Jared Cooksey, 19, also of Turner, were both arrested in late November on charges related to a child molestation investigation conducted by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

Court records indicate Edmonson has entered a plea of not guilty on two counts of Child Molesting (class A and C felonies).

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Feb. 18, with a jury trial slated for 1:30 p.m., April 1.

Court records show Matthew Effner was appointed as counsel for Edmonson.

In addition, court documents show Cooksey entered a plea of not guilty on two counts of Child Molesting (class B and C felonies) as well as not guilty pleas on counts of Intimidation (a class C felony), Criminal Recklessness (a class D felony), Carrying a Handgun Without a License (a class A misdemeanor) and Driving While Suspended (a class A infraction).

A pre-trial conference was set for 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19, and a jury trial was scheduled for 1:30 p.m., April 8.

Court records indicate Charles Hear was appointed counsel for Cooksey.

Court records also state both Edmonson and Cooksey are to have no contact with the alleged victims.

According to a report provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the investigation began Nov. 21, when officials were contacted by Child Protective Services in regard to the possible molestation of a Clay County youth.

Once notified, detectives began interviewing the victim and locating and interviewing potential witnesses.

Due to the age of the victim and time frame involved, a forensic interview was scheduled and carried out.

During the investigation, the victim told interviewers Cooksey's alleged molestation of them began about five years ago while Edmonson's allegedly began approximately one year ago.

Near the end of the investigation, officials received a report from a member of the alleged victim's family that Cooksey and a juvenile male had driven in the area of the victim's home and fired a handgun into the air.

Later that same evening, officials spotted Cooksey riding a motorcycle into the Turner area.

According to reports, officials attempted to intercept Cooksey before a chase ensued. Cooksey and his passenger allegedly stopped in the driveway of a relative's home in Turner and ran behind the home into a fenced-in area.

Both were taken into custody after support arrived.

A handgun was found hidden near a woodpile in the area which officials allegedly spotted Cooksey and the juvenile run to.

According to officials at the Clay County Justice Center, Edmonson was recently released from the jail and is under GPS home detention, monitored by Clay County Community Corrections.

As of Monday, Cooksey was still incarcerated at the justice center on a $50,000, no 10 percent allowed.

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It is hard to be respectful to these two sicko's. I hope they never see the outside of a prison to hurt more children as the professions state it is a 99% chance a child preditor will do it again.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 4:58 PM

Sick. Just sick.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:03 AM

To heck with throwing the book, let's throw the whole dang bookcase... js.

-- Posted by aandrmommy on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 3:44 PM

this is reprehensible and yes, Tracy Jones, the rate of re-offending is alarming with pedafiles! If you want them locked up, call your prosecutor!!

-- Posted by grandmajessi on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 4:03 PM

Ugh! Can I throw up now? I don't live too far from that little town. It makes me want to certainly not go there. Just goes to show you don't have to live near a big city to have sickos running around.

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 11:07 AM

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