Court News

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Prosecuting Attorney of Saline County filed felony charges for Nov 15-20.

On Nov. 15, Dakota Preston Downs, 21, of Marshall, was charged with a class C felony for endangering the welfare of a child, first degree. The charge was filed by the Prosecuting Attorney of Saline County stemming from events that took place the day before. Circuit Court documents show on Tuesday, Nov. 14, a Marshall Police Department detective was dispatched to a residence on South Lafayette Avenue in reference to a domestic assault.

Reports show a child may have received a "quarter-sized goose egg" during an argument between the parents. The detective observed the woman to have red marks on the upper portion of her arms and chest. She was able to provide a written statement of the event and informed officers she was willing to assist with the prosecution of Downs. The detective located Downs at a residence on East Summit Street and transported him to the Marshall Police Department. Downs stated at the department that he did not grab the woman and the reason their daughter hit her head was because the woman was pushing him while he was holding their daughter. Downs has no prior criminal history.

If convicted, Downs faces up to seven years with the Department of Corrections, up to one year in county jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

On Nov. 18, the Prosecuting Attorney of Saline County charged Thomas Jeremy Castle, 34, of Marshall, with a class D felony for driving while revoked/suspended. Circuit court documents show on Friday, Sept. 4, at approximately 2:31 p.m., a Marshall police officer saw a white vehicle driving on West Yerby Street and observed the driver to be Thomas Jeremy Castle, who the officer knew from prior law enforcement contact. As the officer activated his vehicle's emergency lights, the vehicle increased its speed and turned into a driveway of a private residence. Castle then exited the driver's seat. The officer made contact with Castle and requested he provide a driver's license. Castle stated he did not have a license because it was revoked. He was transported to the Marshall Police Department. Castle's criminal history includes driving while revoked, received stolen property, assault - 2nd degree, robbery - 1st degree and DWI.

If convicted, Castle faces up to seven years with the Department of Corrections, up to one year in county jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

On Nov. 20, the Prosecuting Attorney of Saline County charged Steven Saxton, 34, of Marshall, with two felony charges. Count I -- class B, unlawful use of a weapon-subsection 9-shoot at or from a motor vehicle. Count II -- class D, unlawful use of a weapon-subsection 5-while intoxicated-loaded weapon. Circuit Court documents show on Nov. 19, Sweet Springs Police officers responded to a call reporting shots fired on South Locust Street. Officers made contact with a Saxton sitting in the driver's seat of his truck. The report shows that an officers asked him if he was hurt and he replied, "No, but my truck is, where is the bullet hole, in the floor board, or where." When asked why he fired the weapon in the vehicle, he stated, "It was an accident. ... I was just moving it from my center console and was going to put it in the holster under the steering wheel and my finger hit the trigger and the damn thing went off."

Reports also show during a search of the vehicle, officers found a 9 mm hand gun and a fifth of Jack Daniels, half empty, in the passenger seat. Officers also located other weapons, a large amount of ammunition and two more bottles of alcohol.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.