Trial set for man accused in murder o...

Trial set for man accused in murder of stepdaughter

There are 11 comments on the Baxter Bulletin story from Apr 23, 2008, titled Trial set for man accused in murder of stepdaughter. In it, Baxter Bulletin reports that:

A jury trial has been set for a West Plains man accused of killing his stepdaughter nearly two years ago.

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Concerned

Fayetteville, AR

#1 May 17, 2008
It will have been almost 3 years by the time of the trial. This man has been out free to do what he wants. What a joke
Concerned

Fayetteville, AR

#2 May 17, 2008
Brian Hardin, formerly of West Plains and now living in Arkansas, was in Howell County Circuit Court recently in a civil case in which he asked for sole custody of his two daughters. If that is not granted, he asks for a decrease in the $380 per month in child support payments he pays his ex-wife for three children because the third child died in May of 2006.
That child was 18-month-old Jaycee Hardin, the center of a current criminal court case in which Joseph Frye, 24, West Plains, is charged with second-degree murder. Frye was among several witnesses at the custody hearing held March 12 and 13 in West Plains. His wife, Melody Frye, is mother to the three Hardin children. She also is the mother of a child fathered by Frye and born shortly after the death of Jaycee. As part of the court testimony in March, Melody Frye testified she is pregnant again and that Frye is the father of the child.
This Quill staff writer attended those proceedings.
Brian Hardin is claiming Joseph Frye is not abiding by a court order that prohibits him from being around the Hardin children, and that the man has thwarted his visitation rights on some occasions. Hardin also claims he has a steady job and a stable home in which his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, could live, and that his mother lives in that same household, so could help with rearing the children.
Melody Frye is opposing the move, testifying she has a job, lives with her mother (Kathy Geery) in West Plains, that the children are not allowed in Joseph Frye’s presence and that the child custody payments should remain as they are.
The three Hardin children were living with Melody and Joseph Frye at the time of Jaycee’s death. Lawmen went to the West Plains home after a call from Joseph Frye. Lawmen testified in Frye’s preliminary hearing in 2006 that the child was dead when they got to the home, the mother was at work and Joseph Frye was the only adult in the home.
No date is set for Joseph Frye’s trial, but Assistant Mo. Attorney General Elizabeth Bock, the prosecutor assigned to the case, was at the mid-March court hearing in the civil case and taking notes.
According to Casenet, on March 11 of this year, per a phone conversation, former 42nd Circuit Judge John Max Price requested Joseph Frye’s attorney, Jacob Garrett of West Plains, and Bock provide available dates for trial and advise the court of the number of days needed for the trial.
At the mid-March hearing, Joseph Frye testified that he lives with Melody’s father, David Moore, and with friends. Frye said there have been occasions where he has been at Kathy Geery’s home when the Hardin children are there, but has not been in the same room with them. He said this only happens when Melody needs their vehicle.
Joseph Frye testified that he is not employed and is not providing money to support his and Melody’s daughter.
In the civil suit, Judge Thomas Frawley of St. Louis made an interim order, adding it was not to be construed as to how he would ultimately rule.
He ordered that “Joe Frye shall not enter upon the property of Kathleen Geery at any time’’ and shall have no contact with the two other Hardin children. The judge also ruled Brian Hardin’s visitations will begin after school on Fridays, the two children to be picked up at Richards School by Brian, his mother or father.
Frawley added that “any trips outside West Plains, excluding trips to their father’s home in Elizabeth, Ark., by (the children) with mother or father are to be reported to the guardian ad litem, attorney Melissa Stewart of West Plains, with a time and date of departure, destination and time and date of return.”
Brian Hardin’s attorney is Steve Privette of Willow Springs. Melody Frye’s attorney is Dale Engelbrecht of West Plains.
JOKESTER

Ava, MO

#3 May 17, 2008
Concerned wrote:
It will have been almost 3 years by the time of the trial. This man has been out free to do what he wants. What a joke
You are the joke!!!!
lynn

Booneville, AR

#4 May 17, 2008
Concerned wrote:
It will have been almost 3 years by the time of the trial. This man has been out free to do what he wants. What a joke
Why is the guy not in jail???? He did a very bad thing i dont know how he lives with himself. The proof is all there. He cant run forever. Jaycee deserved to have a life and it was taken. justice needs to be served.
lynn

Booneville, AR

#5 May 17, 2008
If he didnt do it then what happend????/ thats what i thought!
Sam

Fayetteville, AR

#6 May 17, 2008
JOKESTER wrote:
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You are the joke!!!!
How sad you think because i stand up for what is right, that im a joke. Go back to your trailor.. This man needs to be in jail, and that is not a joke..
wake up

Hartville, MO

#7 May 22, 2008
JOKESTER wrote:
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You are the joke!!!!
you are a complete ass i cant believe you would say something like that i sure like meet you in a dark alley sometime
Get A Life

United States

#8 May 23, 2008
Look this forum is just a way for people to bash on others. It has done nothing but help gossip get out further. Its obvious that the only people who are on this site are family and friends of both parties. You can gossip on the phone
not fair

Enterprise, AL

#9 Sep 19, 2008
This will all come to a head soon> He has to explain what happend> a child was lost !!!! He has been free way to long>
Whatever

Ozark, MO

#10 Oct 24, 2008
JOKESTER wrote:
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You are the joke!!!!
Just thought I'd let you know that I agree with you. They are the joke!!! It will all come to head during Joe's trial and the Hardin family will hopefully be put to shame for good. I can't wait until they all see the truth. Too bad that they refuse to see it now!!!
Banty

Canada

#11 Oct 24, 2008
Whatever wrote:
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Just thought I'd let you know that I agree with you. They are the joke!!! It will all come to head during Joe's trial and the Hardin family will hopefully be put to shame for good. I can't wait until they all see the truth. Too bad that they refuse to see it now!!!
Um,sorry you are wrong.Joe acts so defensively and downright haughty about it all.What a douche.

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