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A preliminary hearing date has been set for a Branson teenager who has racked up numerous run-ins with the law.

By: Greg Brock
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mace Hutchinson first made news over a year ago when he accused police in the Christian County town of Ozark of using excessive force on him after he jumped from the overpass at Highways 65 and F, close to Wal-Mart, breaking his back.

Assistant Taney County Prosecutor Chris Lebeck updated several of the cases against Mace Hutchinson in an e-mail to Hometowndailynews.com... Hutchinson appeared in court December 12th and now has a February 11th, 2010 preliminary hearing date set in associate circuit court at Forsyth for a judge to determine whether there is enough envidence to try Hutchinson for second-degree burglary.

A probable cause statement from the Branson Police Department says Hutchinson and three other young men were arrested the night of September 8th this year for allegedly breaking into the K-Life building at 601 South 5th Street through a window -- part of the building was vandalized. The four suspects were tracked to a local motel.

Court records show Hutchinson was charged on December 30th, 2008 with possession of felony amounts of pot and meth after being arrested by Branson Police. A few months before that, on August 29th Hutchinson was charged with two counts of firing a gun into a home in Merriam Woods. The Taney County Sheriff's Department and Forsyth Police worked that investigation.

Lebeck says Hutchinson is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, and a January 25th, 2010 trial date has been set for that case... and on the same day, he is also to reappear on the pot and meth charges.

Back to the incident in Ozark, which happend July 19th, 2008 Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek said the Ozark Police officers were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Missouri Highway Patrol. Hutchinson said he was tasered 19 times. Investigators said medical records showed Hutchinson was high on LSD the night of the confrontation with the officers.

An associate of Hutchinson's 17-year-old Matthew Scott Kraus, of Rockaway Beach was in court December 17th... he is charged with second-degree burglary in connection to the break-in at K-Life. Last Thursday's hearing was moved to January 7th, 2010.

Proscutors say Kraus is also charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action after allegedly taking part in th August 2008 shooting at the home in Merriam Woods. He has a hearing set for December 3rd in that case. No one was injured in the shooting. The bullets hit the house and a car. The person who was the target of the shooting told investigators he had gotten into an argument with Hutchinson and Hutchinson told him the shooting needed to happen, and reportedly made a threat that it would happen again. Kraus is to also appear January 7th, 2010 to face those charges.

Deek - 01/10/2013 2:46:58 PM
Wow, a bias article if I ever read one. First, he fell off the bridge not jumped. Second, his heel was broken but the police said he tried to run from them and that's why they tased him. Third, investigators did not say medical records showed he was high on LSD, they said the police who tased him thought he acted like he was on LSD, which is crazy since he couldn't move after breaking his back. How doesn't a victim with a broken back act like they're on LSD? So Ozark police couldn't live down the embarrassment of getting caught abusing their power so they try to drag him through the mud with ginned up charges. nice going boys in blue. Keep that up and you might have to worry about actual problem people.
Whit Sibley - 01/21/2013 11:49:29 PM
The story of Mace Hutchinson is a sad one. He was brutally abused, and his attackers got away with their gang-style attack on a 17 year old. Now, I dont know Mace, though I talked to him some on myspace after this incident, and he could be a bad seed. He is going down the wrong path, if these charges are true, and not the revenge that was predicted to be coming for him from his abusers. Cops can find a way to do that, you know. I had advised him to move far away from that back-woods place. But if these crimes were commited by him, you have to wonder if what happened to him, and the fact that not one person was punished may have triggered his crime spree. Not trying to excuse anything he did wrong, but sometimes, reasons arent that difficult to figure out. I truly hope he is able to improve his way of comporting himself, once he is out of the system, and does not have a life of trouble ahead of him!The idea that those brutal, rotten apple cops are still on the job there, should be offensive and fightening to all of the citizens who life anywhere near there. They are garbage.
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