Bond hearing in sex case
After denying bond twice before to Richard Chad Muns, Superior Court Judge Carl Brown is considering releasing the accused sexual offender.
Brown listened to arguments Wednesday in a new bond hearing for Muns and said he would take the matter under advisement. He gave no time as to when he would make a decision.
Muns, 18, is accused of committing several sex crimes against an 18-year-old woman and two 14-year-old girls, including counts of rape, child molestation, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and statutory rape, according to court records.
On July 23, Brown initially denied bond to Muns, the son of Richard Lee Muns Jr., a school board member and chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party.
After a grand jury handed down 15 additional indictments against Muns on Oct. 2, defense attorney Danny Durham sought a new bond hearing for his client, said Ashley Ivey, a victims' advocate for the district attorney's office in Athens.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Jailed man robbed
An Evans man reported to police that his home was robbed while he was in jail.
Allen Rutherford Hardeman, of the 800 block of Pawley Court, told deputies that several items of jewelry were stolen from his home while he was incarcerated at the Columbia County Detention Center.
Hardeman said the theft must have occurred between Aug. 1 and Dec. 14, when he reported the crime.
He found out about the missing jewelry after asking a friend and his father to retrieve the jewelry from his home for safe keeping, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report. Hardeman's friend said that the jewelry was gone when she arrived, the report stated.
In a separate incident report, Hardeman accused his father of stealing his computer.
Hardeman's friend said that his father told her it was all right for him to take the computer, worth $300, when they were there to retrieve the already stolen jewelry, the report stated. Hardeman told police that wasn't true, and he wanted to seek a probable cause hearing with the magistrate.
An Evans woman told police that someone stole nearly $3,000 worth of valuable coins from her house.
Rachel Beaty Mobley, of the 4300 block of Deerwood Lane West, said that during the past six months she has been remodeling her home and has noticed several of the coins missing, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
She told deputies Dec. 9 that several contractors, subcontractors and workers have had access to her house during the remodeling, but she had no idea who could have taken them.
An Evans company is accusing an employee of stealing one of the its trucks.
John Norman Horton, a branch manager of General Fasteners at 468 Columbia Industrial Blvd., said a worker delivered a box truck to the office Dec. 12. He said the employee then was supposed to take a white Ford Ranger pickup to drive back to Murfreesboro, Tenn., according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
Horton reported that as of Monday, the employee had not arrived back to the Tennessee office. According to the report, Horton wanted to report the truck, worth $9,000, stolen.
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