Two convicted in cattle rustling want new trial

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By Becky Barnes

Allegations of cattle rustling and two guilty verdicts landed two Harrison Countians in jail last week.
Amanda May and Clarence  Rogers Jr. were found guilty of receiving stolen property more than $500 and less than $10,000.
The pair was convicted on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Harrison Circuit Court and a formal sentencing was set for Nov. 5.
The Commonwealth recommended that they be sentenced to serve a maximum of one year in prison. However, the sentencing was delayed to Nov. 5 pending a presentence investigation.
Even before the sentences were formally set, attorneys for May and Rogers have entered motions for a new trial based on information that a juror knew two of the witnesses and did not acknowledge that acquaintance during the jury selection phase.
According to the motions, prospective juror Brent Ross is “Facebook friends” with Cortney Switzer and would stop by Switzer’s place of employment to visit with her and her boyfriend, Matthew Edmonson.
Edmonson previously entered an Alford plea on Aug. 6 and was sentenced to two years in prison for his hand in the cattle rustling. He is also to pay $668.09 in restitution to Gary Daniels, which is one-third of the total restitution due to Daniels. In the event that May and Rogers failed to pay their one-third each, Edmonson is responsible for the $2004.26 balance to Daniels, whose cattle were stolen and sold.