Defense argues against using warrant in Stout's molestation case

Friday, December 4, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Donny J. Stout, 60, shook his head so frequently at accusations leveled against him that Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler asked him to stop at a hearing on Thursday.

Stout is charged with first-degree child molestation, two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct involving a child, first-degree statutory sodomy and abuse of a child.

Boone County Assisting Prosecuting Attorney Andy Scholz argued for the inclusion of a search warrant of Stout's property as evidence at a possible trial.

Stout's then-wife called police after her son said Stout had pornographic pictures of his minor stepdaughter, and a neighbor said Stout had asked for help destroying evidence. Police issued a warrant after the call, and the defense argued to keep that warrant out of the court.

According to testimony, when police asked the neighbor, Ralph Buck, whether Stout was home, he lied. So the defense called his character into question and said the warrant was based on hearsay. Oxenhandler didn't make a ruling Thursday.

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