Linker arraignment rescheduled

Friday, June 21, 2019

By Scott Loftis

A Eureka Springs man facing charges of rape and kidnapping appeared briefly in Carroll County Circuit Court on Monday in Berryville.

Joseph Linker appeared with his attorney, Tim Parker, before Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson for an arraignment hearing. Because the Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has not yet filed a criminal information document with the court, Jackson rescheduled the arraignment hearing for 9 a.m. Monday, July 15, in Eureka Springs.

Linker was arrested on May 24, two days after a Berryville woman sought an order of protection against him. In her petition for the temporary protective order, which Jackson issued the same day, the woman alleged that Linker held her against her will and raped her more than once on May 14 and May 15.

A hearing on a permanent order of protection is scheduled Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to rape and kidnapping, Linker also faces charges of terroristic threatening in the first degree and interference with emergency communications.

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