Murder charge against Felice is withdrawn
A capital murder charge against George Russell Felice, 40, of Berryville, was dismissed during circuit court action Monday in the wake of the arrest of Rachelle Allred earlier this month in Springfield, Mo., for the murder of David Harkrider at Pension Mountain in late November 2004.
Felice pled guilty to arson, aggravated robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence, and was sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with credit for 213 days time served. A transport bond, which would allow him to remain free until ordered to report to prison, was set at $75,000.
In entering his plea, Felice appeared somewhat emotional as he apologized to the Harkrider family, admitting to a "colorful past" and saying that it was the worst thing he had ever been involved in, according to Deputy Prosecutor Chris Flanagin.
According to sheriff's office investigators, Felice and Allred were romantically involved at the time of Harkrider's death. The body of the victim was so burned that the state crime lab was not able to establish Harkrider's identity until June of this year.
Allred, who waived extradition from Springfield, was scheduled for arraignment on Monday, but that action was continued pending filing of formal charges.
Felice successfully represented himself earlier in a Western District theft case, which was dismissed after it was determined that the stolen generator had been returned and the pawn shop was reimbursed.
In other court deliberations:
Joel Phillip Schlemme, 24, of Tulsa, Okla., was placed on five years of probation after he pled guilty to commercial burglary and theft of property.
Schlemme was arrested earlier this year after an Oklahoma woman contacted a Eureka Springs business stating Schlemme, her ex-husband, was one of two men who had broken into a convenience store, stealing cigarettes and many other items.
The two men were recorded on in-house surveillance.
Mindy S. Largen, 19, of Berryville, was placed on five years' probation and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service after she pled guilty to a reduced charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested in November 2004 after deputies, given consent to search the house by her grandmother, found components which could be used to manufacture methamphetamine in the closet of her bedroom.
Natasha Kaye Winder, 22, of Eureka Springs was sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of forgery. She is to report to the sheriff's office on Oct. 1 to serve her sentence and is to perform 60 hours of community service.
Winder was arrested in April for writing two checks on a man's checking account, payable to Eureka Springs area businesses.
During revocation proceedings, Winder's probation on a 2004 theft case was extended for one year.
Jacob Leon Wilson, 20, of Green Forest pled guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and theft, and was placed on one year of probation with 120 hours of community service.
He and a Eureka Springs woman were originally charged with breaking and entering and theft arising from a January theft of a laptop computer and camera from a woman's car while it was parked in Eureka Springs.
Charged with theft and forgery in two separate cases, David Michael Carpenter, 20, of Berryville pled guilty to reduced misdemeanor theft charges and was ordered to serve 60 days in jail with credit for 60 days, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service.
In December 2003, Carpenter was one of three men arrested for forging 29 checks exceeding a total of $3,000. Flanagin stated that his involvement in that case was peripheral.
In late January, Carpenter was again arrested, that time for the theft of a home-built trailer from a Bunch Street residence in Berryville. That charge was reduced to a misdemeanor due to the depreciated value of the trailer.
Tony John Deleuw, 54, of Eureka Springs, was found unfit to stand trial and was committed to the state hospital.
He was charged in April with terroristic threatening arising from a series of incidents on April 20 in which he allegedly ran a woman off the road and identified himself as Agent DUI 25, chasing down members of the Asian Intelligence Agency.
While he was being booked in to jail he tried to eat a paper towel and claimed he had anti-radiation tape in his underwear.
Caleb Lee Householder, 23. of Berryville, admitted the allegations of a petition for revocation on his 2003 burglary and battery case, and was ordered to undergo drug and/or alcohol abuse treatment at Decision Point in Springdale, and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as directed. He is to also serve 120 days in jail.
Terry Dean Klein, of Green Forest and Oak Grove, also known as Charles Klein, pled guilty to a charge of delivery of methamphetamine and delivery of marijuana arising from a Jan. 31 county operation involving a confidential informant. A related charge of marijuana delivery was dismissed.
Currently incarcerated in the Department of Correction, Klein was sentenced to 12 years, with eight suspended, running concurrently with a sentence he received in a 2003 methamphetamine delivery case.
Arraignments on Monday included:
* James Ervin Richardson, 51, of Alpena -- Possession of drug paraphernalia and felon in possession of firearms. He was arrested on July 10 following a pursuit on Hailey Road and the crash of his vehicle on County Road 704. Allegedly, along with a loaded firearm and a number of syringes, he had a pit bull with him.
* Norman Ray Anderson,44, of Green Forest -- Possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing. He was arrested on July 14 on charges stemming from an attempted Jan. 14 traffic stop in which he drove down a lane off of County Road 938, abandoned his vehicle and fled into the woods. A inventory of the vehicle produced pipes allegedly used to smoke methamphetamine.
* Michelle Faye Wheeler, 41, of Green Forest -- Fourth offense driving while intoxicated. She was arrested shortly after midnight on July 6 after she allegedly yelled "I love cops" as she passed a Green Forest police officer before driving into a ditch on Pine Street.
* Jeffery Phillip Miller, 20, and Daniel Joseph Parker, 17, both of Berryville -- Commercial burglary and theft of property. In late June the two are alleged to have stolen several tools from a business on North Springfield in Berryville, and subsequently pawned the tools at pawn shops in Springdale.