Judge arrested for DWI

There are 18 comments on the News Tribune story from Nov 6, 2007, titled Judge arrested for DWI. In it, News Tribune reports that:

“We as judges will have to meet to decide whether or not we should ask that a special judge be appointed for the circuit.”

Judge Byron Kinder talks with a reporter in this Nov. 26, 2002, photo in Jefferson City. via News Tribune

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Fair for One Fair for All

Independence, KS

#1 Nov 6, 2007
I think time will tell whether real justice is done in the case of Judge Kinder's DWI charge, especially when you take into consideration that a man currently sits in the Cole County Jail (and rightfully so) charged with vehicular manslaughter, etc., in the deaths of the poor Russellville lady and her teenage son and injuries to her husband and daughter. Like the tiresome discussion going on about Reid Millard, etc., it's going to be interesting how the law enforcement/judicial community treat the 'Hangin Judge.' From the attitude he's displayed in other cases, I think he should have really retired long ago, not merely hiding as a "senior judge' basically drawing the same pay as he did as a full-timer.

Since: Aug 07

Whiteman Air Force Base, MO

#2 Nov 6, 2007
I know at least 3 judges that regularly get drunk and drive home.

“In Ur Thread, Eatin Ur Serious”

Since: Apr 07

CarutherSteele MO

#3 Nov 6, 2007
I used to know one who snorted coke.
Fair for One Fair for All

Camdenton, MO

#4 Nov 7, 2007
Portbartender wrote:
I know at least 3 judges that regularly get drunk and drive home.
I'm sure you do. Not long ago I was told by a young man who spent too much time at Spectators here in Jeff that a certain Circuit Judge was drunk there regularly, and it wasn't the famous 'hanging judge,' Mr. Kinder -- it was another who we see regularly on Ch 13 due to his landmark judicial decisions. Seems he drives Missouri Blvd in poor shape regularly. And all you have to do is read the papers or watch the news and you'll see this goes on all over MO and the country. What about Columbia's wheelchair-bound State Senator? Why isn't he resigning after his 3-car DWI wreck? He could have killed someone in that wreck, too, especially since he's in the chair due to a car wreck several years ago. No, I'm anxious to watch and see how our Bible-toting Cole Co Sheriff and others treat the Kinder situation. I think he should be sitting in the same cell as the guy from Russellville who killed the lady and her son. I dare say poor old Byron wasn't at all concerned when he sentenced scores DWI offenders to steep jail terms.

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#5 Nov 7, 2007
Throw the book at him, those who enforce and uphold the law, should have a higher accountability when they break it.

Since: Aug 07

Whiteman Air Force Base, MO

#6 Nov 7, 2007
ClassyMissFancy wrote:
I used to know one who snorted coke.
Yea, I snorted with him.
HELIAS STUDENT

Jefferson City, MO

#8 Nov 16, 2007
Jefferson City funeral director Reid Millard was charged Tuesday afternoon with statutory sodomy, for having "deviate sexual intercourse" with a 16 year-old boy.

Millard, 46, was arrested, then released from the Cole County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Prosecutors said the charges followed an Aug. 28 incident at Millard's Apple Creek Farm near Centertown.

The boy, who was not named in the charges, reported the incident to the Cole County Sheriff's Department that morning.

Sheriff Greg White immediately asked the Missouri Highway Patrol's Drug and Crime Control unit to investigate the boy's allegations, because Millard had supported a different candidate in last April's special Sheriff's election and because several deputies also work part-time for Millard's business.

Cole County Prosecutor Bill Tackett said Tuesday the charges were filed shortly after the patrol submitted a report on their ongoing investigation.

"For right now, we feel very confident in our charge," Tackett told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "Obviously, these are things that we don't take lightly.



"And we've analyzed this case like we would any other case, and we've charged it."

A probable cause statement by the Patrol's Sgt. D.A. Rice, released with the charges, said the victim had been working for Millard for about a month, "doing odd jobs and grocery shopping."

On Aug. 27, Millard bought "several hundred dollars worth of personal clothing" for the boy at the Columbia Mall, then took him to the auto races in Lebanon, investigators said.

When they returned to the Apple Creek Farm, the boy said, he went to bed fully clothed, in Millard's bed, but woke up the next morning with Millard rubbing the victim's body.

The victim then said Millard touched him in a sexual way.

The probable cause statement said DNA evidence found on some of Millard's clothing and bedding at the farm, during a search, supported the boy's story.

The statement said Millard acknowledged the trips to Columbia and Lebanon, but said he and the boy only watched cartoons together for about 30 minutes before Millard went to another room.

Tackett said Millard's contributions to Tackett's political races had "zero effect" on his decision to file the charge.

"If someone commits a crime, they've committed it," he explained. "I have, literally, hundreds of people who have helped me in some fashion or another.

"If you started ducking cases based on that, you'd have half of your cases gone. As long as there is no conflict of interest in my mind, or the appearance of that in the public's mind, there's not a problem."

The probable cause statement said some of the DNA evidence was "a sample from an unknown subject."

Tackett would not comment on that sentence, but noted the patrol's investigation is continuing.

He does not know whether that will lead to more charges.

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20, 2005 - 06:48:57 pm CDT
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Moreau Skinny Dipper

United States

#9 Nov 16, 2007
HELIAS STUDENT wrote:
Jefferson City funeral director Reid Millard was charged Tuesday afternoon with statutory sodomy, for having "deviate sexual intercourse" with a 16 year-old boy.
Millard, 46, was arrested, then released from the Cole County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Prosecutors said the charges followed an Aug. 28 incident at Millard's Apple Creek Farm near Centertown.
The boy, who was not named in the charges, reported the incident to the Cole County Sheriff's Department that morning.
Sheriff Greg White immediately asked the Missouri Highway Patrol's Drug and Crime Control unit to investigate the boy's allegations, because Millard had supported a different candidate in last April's special Sheriff's election and because several deputies also work part-time for Millard's business.
Cole County Prosecutor Bill Tackett said Tuesday the charges were filed shortly after the patrol submitted a report on their ongoing investigation.
"For right now, we feel very confident in our charge," Tackett told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "Obviously, these are things that we don't take lightly.
"And we've analyzed this case like we would any other case, and we've charged it."
A probable cause statement by the Patrol's Sgt. D.A. Rice, released with the charges, said the victim had been working for Millard for about a month, "doing odd jobs and grocery shopping."
On Aug. 27, Millard bought "several hundred dollars worth of personal clothing" for the boy at the Columbia Mall, then took him to the auto races in Lebanon, investigators said.
When they returned to the Apple Creek Farm, the boy said, he went to bed fully clothed, in Millard's bed, but woke up the next morning with Millard rubbing the victim's body.
The victim then said Millard touched him in a sexual way.
The probable cause statement said DNA evidence found on some of Millard's clothing and bedding at the farm, during a search, supported the boy's story.
The statement said Millard acknowledged the trips to Columbia and Lebanon, but said he and the boy only watched cartoons together for about 30 minutes before Millard went to another room.
Tackett said Millard's contributions to Tackett's political races had "zero effect" on his decision to file the charge.
"If someone commits a crime, they've committed it," he explained. "I have, literally, hundreds of people who have helped me in some fashion or another.
"If you started ducking cases based on that, you'd have half of your cases gone. As long as there is no conflict of interest in my mind, or the appearance of that in the public's mind, there's not a problem."
The probable cause statement said some of the DNA evidence was "a sample from an unknown subject."
Tackett would not comment on that sentence, but noted the patrol's investigation is continuing.
He does not know whether that will lead to more charges.
Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20, 2005 - 06:48:57 pm CDT
IN NEWS TRIBUNE
I thought you said you were quitting your one-man crusade? Apparently not, from all of the quips I see with your handle on them. I'm thinking you should change your name to "Mighty Mouse" since, to borrow from the cartoon of years ago, you think you're "here to save the day! Dream on -- keep representing the Freeman's -- I've heard some things about them that wouldn't do to be heard in polite society either.
Mark

Saint Peters, MO

#10 Nov 16, 2007
Moreau he is mad that millard got so much business this month. Helias needs help!
Visitor

United States

#11 Nov 16, 2007
awwwww...poor judge! Haha! Sucks to be him!

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#12 Nov 16, 2007
Not surprising what the judges do these days.
I wonder if he was a hanging judge and if another judge will hang it to him.
HELIAS STUDENT

Jefferson City, MO

#13 Nov 17, 2007
I DONT WATCH CARTOONS NEAR AS MUCH AS I SEE YOUR OR IT LOOKS LIKE MR MILLARD DOES, MABEY YOU 2 HAVE 'HUNG OUT" ??? ANYWAY WHAT DO I DO THAT IS SO BAD??? I ONLY BRING FACT!!!! ONLY FACT!!
HELIAS STUDENT

Jefferson City, MO

#14 Nov 17, 2007
Boycott Millard Boycott Millard Boycott Millard
DebJ

United States

#15 Nov 18, 2007
HELIAS STUDENT wrote:
I DONT WATCH CARTOONS NEAR AS MUCH AS I SEE YOUR OR IT LOOKS LIKE MR MILLARD DOES, MABEY YOU 2 HAVE 'HUNG OUT" ??? ANYWAY WHAT DO I DO THAT IS SO BAD??? I ONLY BRING FACT!!!! ONLY FACT!!
Apparently you only know one fact. It's not the topic of this thread anyway. You're a one trick troll pony.
SEMOfriend

Faridabad, India

#16 Nov 18, 2007
You should check out what some of the judges in Butler County do.
HELIAS STUDENT

Jefferson City, MO

#17 Nov 27, 2007
Reid Millard's trial on a statutory sodomy charge will be held Dec. 12 in Jefferson City.

Three days were set aside for the jury trial during pre-trial discussions last week with Circuit Judge Robert L. Koffman of Sedalia, who will preside over the case.

Another pre-trial conference was set to be held in Koffman's chambers in Sedalia Nov. 14. Pending motions will be taken up then.

Cole County Prosecutor Bill Tackett said Saturday his office had urged Koffman to hold the trial in August.

But various scheduling conflicts pushed the trial date back to December.

“Judge Koffman made it extremely clear that there will be no continuances” from the December date, Tackett said.“He allowed the defense their request for time to retest evidence - specifically the DNA.”

Millard, 46, was charged last September following complaints from a 16-year-old boy that the Jefferson City businessman had improper sexual contact with the boy at Millard's Apple Creek Farm, near Centertown, on Aug. 28, 2005.



If convicted of the felony charge, Millard would have to be listed as a registered sex offender, and he could be sentenced to a term of up to seven years in prison.

At a 90-minute preliminary hearing before Senior Judge Byron Kinder on Dec. 14, the teenager - who has not been identified because he is a juvenile - testified he spent Aug. 28 with Millard, traveling to Columbia for clothes shopping and then to the auto races in Lebanon, before accepting an invitation to spend the night at the farm.

The teen said he was fully clothed when he fell asleep in Millard's bed, while Millard was in a hot tub.

But he said he woke up the next morning with Millard laying behind him, rubbing his lower back before reaching around to touch him in a sexual way.

Millard has not testified in court, but reportedly has acknowledged the trips to police, while also telling officials that he and the teen only watched cartoons together for about 30 minutes, before Millard went to another room.

Evidence entered in the preliminary hearing included a tape-recorded phone call between Millard and the teen, and DNA from a quilt and several articles of clothing.

Prosecutors charged Millard based on a Highway Patrol investigation that was made at Cole County Sheriff Greg White's request, following the teen's reporting the incident to the sheriff's office.

The state Supreme Court named Koffman, the presiding judge of the 18th Circuit in Pettis and Cooper counties, to preside over the Millard case in January.

The appointment followed the prosecutors' December request for a change of judge, after Millard's case was assigned to Cole County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Brown III.

POSTED IN NEWSTRIBUNE 2005/2006
Moreau Skinny Dipper

Lawrence, KS

#18 Nov 28, 2007
DebJ wrote:
<quoted text>
Apparently you only know one fact. It's not the topic of this thread anyway. You're a one trick troll pony.
I agree, there must be something sick in Helias' background, or why would he try to block discussion of other local topics with his stupid tirade against Millard. Get over it, Helias; I still think you must have been jilted by Reid or something similar for you to constantly harrass us with this very old news. Why aren't you talking about news appearing every day about more and more priests who have done bad things? If you really have some connection to Helias, I'd think you would be chomping at the bit to combat that. But you're not -- very strange.
HELIAS STUDENT

Jefferson City, MO

#19 Nov 28, 2007
HOUSER MILLARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS OWNER REID MILLARD WAS CHARGED IN 2005 WITH A CRIME AGAINST A CHILD THESE WERE DROPPED SUSPICIOUSLY, DO NOT LET THIS GO UN HEARD OF, THIS MAN WAS ACCUSED OF AN ACT AGAINST A CHILD! REID MILLARD OWNS FUNERAL HOMES MILLARD FAMILY CHAPELS, SHOW THIS YOUNG BOY SOME SUPPORT AND BOYCOT MILLARD

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