Suspicious that defendant Connie Michelle Williams, who was in the midst of accepting a plea agreement, might be under the influence of a substance, 15th Judicial District Judge Jerry Don Ramey ordered the 47-year Booneville woman old tested Friday.
Ramey’s suspicions were confirmed, according to Tina Martin of the probation and parole office and who conducted the test and testified the test revealed Williams, a positive presence of THC and methamphetamine.
"Ms. Williams, you know better than to come to court under the influence of a controlled substance not prescribed by a physician," Ramey said after Martin’s testimony. "It that correct?"
Williams said that was a correct statement and added, "I apologize for that."
In light of the information, Ramey found Williams in contempt of court and that Williams violated terms of a $25,000 bond on which she was free.
Ramey then sentenced Williams to 30 days in the Logan County Detention Center and set a new bond for $100,000 for Williams. She is due back in court on July 19.
Williams asked about the agreement she had signed earlier in the day.
"Mam I cannot take a plea agreement with you under the influence of a controlled substance," said Ramey. "It’s not going to happen. I want to you have a clear head of what you’ve entered into — how, what, why, what the elements of it all are."
Prior to ordering the test, Williams had asked that she be permitted to surrender on Saturday because she was going to get married.
Because Williams’ case was continued, two other cases — the state versus Gary Topham, 48, and the state versus David Rose, 28 — were also continued to July 19.
Fifteenth Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brian Mueller said plea agreement for Topham and Rose were contingent upon Williams’ plea being accepted.
The plea offer to Williams called for her to be sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with six years suspended for possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture.
In an unrelated matter Friday, Ramey sentenced Mitchell Jess Webb, 53, to 90 days in the Logan County Detention Center for third degree battery and an additional day for driving while intoxicated.
A jury in Paris had found Webb guilty of those two offenses at the end of a trial that took five days and was spread out over weeks.
Webb, of North Little Rock, was accused of running over his wife with a truck at Mount Magazine State Park last April.
Over the objection of defense attorney Kevin Barham, Webb’s wife, Laura, read a victim impact statement in which she said she suffers from PTSD, has considered suicide, is afraid of the world and continues to have various physical impairments due to the incident.
Ramey did not offer comment on the statement, but sentenced Webb in accordance with jury recommendations, other than for the DWI which carries a minimum 24-hour sentence and the jury had recommended no time.