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8/22/2013 11:37:00 AM
Stillwater man accused of assaulting deputies ordered jailed without bail
By Patti Weaver

A Stillwater man accused of assaulting two county jailers, spitting on two deputies, damaging a computer printer, breaking into an OSU office, attempting to escape from a campus police officer and resisting arrest, all on Saturday, was ordered jailed without bail at his arraignment Monday.

If convicted of his eight counts filed Monday, Robert James Anderson III, 34, could be incarcerated for 25 years and fined $5,000, court records show.

At the time of his latest arrest, Anderson was free on $42,500 bail on charges of punching a detention officer in the eye -- while being booked into jail on charges of obtaining personal identification items from the purse of a courthouse employee and concealing her stolen property, all in May 2012.

If convicted of those charges filed last year, Anderson could be imprisoned for 15 years and fined $101,000, court records show.

On his own motion June 26, Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler recused from those cases, to which Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan Jr. has been assigned. Anderson's defense attorney, Charles Henry of Oklahoma City, in those 2012 cases, withdrew from representing him in May, court records show.

On Aug. 15, his current court-appointed attorney filed a motion seeking to be allowed to withdraw from representing Anderson.

"Notwithstanding the appointment of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, the defendant posted a substantial bond," and under state law is presumed to be not indigent, OIDS attorney Albert J. Hoch Jr. noted in his motion.

"Defendant has requested counsel to file frivolous motions such as a motion 'to allow court by teleconference so defendant would not need to appear,'" Hoch wrote in his motion. "Wherefore, the OIDS and Albert J. Hoch Jr., attorney of record for the defendant, respectfully pray the court for an order allowing them to withdraw," Hoch concluded in his motion. A hearing date has not yet been set in that matter, court records show.

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