COLUMBIA — Judge Kevin Craneconsidered whether witnesses can testify against Jon Paul Reid at a hearing on Friday.
Reid, 40, was charged with first-degree statutory rape of a person under 14 years old, first-degree child molestation, incest and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child (sexual conduct), according to Case.net. The victim was Reid's 12-year-old adopted daughter.
Assistant prosecuting attorney, Tracy Gonzalez, presented two witnesses, the girl's mother and 14-year-old brother, to be taken into consideration at a Chapter 491 hearing at the Boone County Courthouse.
The purpose of the Chapter 491 hearing was to allow the courts to determine whether hearsay statements from witnesses are reliable and can be used in front of a jury, Gonzalez said.
Typically, hearsay evidence is not permitted in court because of reliability issues, but under the Chapter 491 Missouri Statute, it is in a case involving sexual misconduct of a child under 14. Chapter 491 incidents are one of many exceptions for hearsay evidence, Gonzalez said.
In order to use the witnesses' testimonies, the girl must testify in the May 3 jury trial, Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez also presented, as evidence, a recorded interview with the girl conducted by the child advocacy center, Rainbow House, in Columbia.
While Reid was originally present at the hearing, he asked that the judge allow him to leave. The judge granted this request.
According to Case.net, Reid was indicted on Sept. 24, 2010, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
During the course of the incidents, Reid and his children moved to Barling, Ark. Arkansas recently filed a fugitive warrant and had a pending warrant out for Reid, Gonzalez said.