Preliminary hearing date set in James Allen murder case

MOUND CITY – A preliminary hearing date has been set in the trial of James Rocky Allen, a Parker man who has been charged with allegedly murdering his mother, Charlotte Grimes, by hitting multiple times the passenger vehicle she was driving with a pickup truck he was driving. The hearing will be on Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. and is expected to take a full day.

Allen was taken into custody last December on charges of aggravated battery and second degree murder, and has remained in county custody since then.

Attorneys for the State Attorney General’s office, which is prosecuting the case, said the prosecution had several witnesses, and they estimated that their testimony could take up to a half day to complete.

Allen’s defense attorney, Tom Bath, said the he also expected to have several witnesses as well. It was expected to take the remainder of the day to hear from those witnesses, he said.

District Court Judge Teri Johnson told the attorneys from both parties that there was limited room in the courtroom and that only two witnesses at a time could be present.

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