Three Dent County residents were arraigned on manufacturing methamphetamine charges Thursday in Dent County Circuit Court Associate Division. The charges follow a June 21 search of a residence in Dent County that resulted in three arrests.
Dent County Associate Circuit Judge Brandi Baird conducted the arraignments and set future court dates.
Billy Earl Woolman, 54, was arraigned on felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. His next court appearance is 9 a.m. July 11.
Woolman, who has seven previous drug-related arrests, is currently on bond for trafficking of methamphetamine after a search warrant was conducted at his residence in March, according to a probable cause statement from the sheriff’s office.
Bond was set at $100,000 March 17. A bond reduction was requested by Woolman’s attorney, and on March 21 the bond was reduced to $25,000 by Crawford County Associate Court Judge Scott Bernstein. Dent County Assistant Prosecutor Susan Bell objected to the reduction in court. Woolman bonded out the next day.
Woolman bonded out less than 24 hours after his June 21 arrest, according to bond documents obtained by The Salem News. Iron County Associate Court Judge Randall Head set Woolman’s bond at $7,000.
Also charged Thursday were:
• Nikki L. Smith, 23, arraigned on a felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Smith’s next court appearance is 9 a.m. Aug. 9. She is Woolman’s daughter.
• Scott Jeffrey Smith, 29, arraigned on a felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. His next court appearance is 9 a.m. Aug. 9. Scott Smith is Nikki Smith’s husband.
Bond was set at $15,000 for each of them, and they bonded out, according to Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings.
According to a probable cause statement from the Dent County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and State Highway Patrol troopers June 21 were attempting to serve a search warrant at the home of Woolman, Nikki Smith and Scott Smith. No one was home at the time. Items used to manufacture methamphetamine were found. A glass smoking device with burnt residue field tested positive for methamphetamine was also found.
Court records indicate that Woolman was also arrested in:
• July 2003 for creation of methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia;
• July 2004 for manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine;
• October 2004 for possession of methamphetamine;
• and December 2006 for manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals to create methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
He has also had two misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana filed against him in August 2003 and February 2005.
Evidence supporting the existence of methamphetamine and other chemicals in the 2006 Dent County case against Woolman never made it into court because a key state's witness was not listed by prosecutors, according to court transcripts of the trial.
Woolman was on trial Dec. 8, 2008, on the 2006 charges. According to court transcripts obtained by The Salem News at the time, Circuit Judge Kelly Parker said Supreme Court rules require all material witnesses to be endorsed (listed), and the Dent County prosecutor's office did not do so.
Due to the rule, Parker sustained the defense attorney's objection to a witness who was going to testify as to the lab results.
After the state's witness was not allowed to testify, former Dent Count Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Sparks amended the Class B felony charges of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute/deliver a controlled substance and possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine to a Class A misdemeanor of possession of marijuana.
Sparks then recommended that Woolman be sentenced to 14 days in jail for the charges and be given credit for time served. Parker followed her recommendation and sentenced Woolman.