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Mangum denied bond reduction

Friday, September 6, 2013

Photo courtesy of WPSD TV - Paducah, Kentucky -- Stoddard County Court Bailiff Boyce Wooley escorts David Mangum to his first court appearance on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Bloomfield.
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter man believed to have recklessly exposed as many as 300 people to HIV appeared in court for the first time Thursday morning.

David Mangum, who arrived in the traditional orange jumpsuit and shackles, showed little emotion during the hearing.

Mangum's attorney, Ken Eihusen of the Public Defenders office, requested a bond reduction during the arraignment hearing, but was promptly rejected by Associate Judge Joe Z. Satterfield.

Eihusen argued Mangum was not a flight risk and had no criminal past. Satterfield explained that flight was not his chief concern.

"I see this as more of a public health risk," Satterfield said and summarily denied Mangum's request.

Upon further discussion, Eihusen stated that the "victim no longer wishes to pursue charges."

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver declined to comment on the statement. He did state that he plans to continue pursuit of the charges in the interest of the community, additional victims and the original victim.

In the State of Missouri, whether a victim 'chooses' to pursue charges is irrelevant to whether the state makes that decision. In some cases, having the testimony of the victim included is paramount to the case, but not in all.

In this particular case, Oliver stated that he did not anticipate any state charges to be "dropped." In fact, the state may not be done building its case against Mangum.

As was reported in The Daily Statesman on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, Oliver confirmed that additional charges are soon to come for Mangum as more alleged victims are coming forward.

Dexter Police Department Detective Cory Mills, who filed the initial probable cause affidavit, confirmed in the recent interview that further charges were pending, but neither he nor Oliver would release a number.

Mills stated that as of Friday, Aug. 30, he had interviewed six additional individuals related to the case and had more interviews scheduled. He stated at that time he had two additional victims who planned to pursue charges.

Mangum, who pled not guilty at the hearing, will undergo a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. At that time, Judge Satterfield will determine whether the case has enough merit to move on to Circuit Court for a felony trial.

It is unknown at this time specifically who will testify in the upcoming hearing.

Currently, Mangum is incarcerated in the Stoddard County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond. Sheriff Carl Hefner confirmed that Mangum is segregated from the general population, but said they have had no trouble out of him since his arrest.

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