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