McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

January 13, 2014

Trial set on local jury docket

Staff Writer

McALESTER — The trial docket for Pittsburg County was sounded on Friday and court documents indicate three felony jury trials will be heard this month.

The first trial, the State of Oklahoma vs. Cyndie Dee Jones, is set to begin Jan. 15. The other two cases, for Clyde Ray Harshaw and Donald Lee Morris, are set for Jan. 21.

Jones, 31, of Stigler, is set to stand trial for allegedly enabling child sexual abuse, according to an affidavit filed at the Pittsburg County Courthouse.

The charge stems from an incident which occurred in May in which Jones allegedly was aware a man she had hired to do kitchen repairs at her home was having sexual contact with a child, the affidavit states.

If found guilty, Jones faces life imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000, according to the affidavit.

Harshaw, 43, of McAlester, is set to stand trial for alleged kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated domestic assault and battery, and rape by instrumentation, court records show.

The charges are based on an incident which allegedly occurred in July, according to an affidavit filed at the county courthouse. Deputies from the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office were called to McAlester Regional Health Center on July 10 to take a statement from a female who was allegedly abused by Harshaw, according to the affidavit.

If found guilty, Harshaw faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, the affidavit states.

Morris, 54, of Moore, is to stand trial for allegedly driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, an affidavit filed at the county courthouse states.

The charge is related to an alleged incident which occurred May 4, according to the affidavit. Morris was stopped at U.S. Highway 69 and Hardy Springs Road for allegedly driving a 2001 Toyota while under the influence of alcohol. If found guilty he faces a fine up to $5,000 and up to 20 years, the affidavit states.

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