On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, a Taney County jury found Timothy E. Lovell (d/o/b 06-05-1966), formerly of Branson, guilty of the class D felony of interfering with an arrest. The 9-woman, 3-man jury heard one-and-a-half days of evidence, and reached the guilty verdict on Lovell after deliberating for over eight (8) hours. The same jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the issue of guilt for Lovellâ€™s co-defendant, resulting in Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr to declare a mistrial with regard to the co-defendantâ€™s charge. Assistant Prosecutor R. Tiffany Yarnell tried the case for the Taney County Prosecutorâ€™s Office.
Interfering with an arrest carries a maximum sentence of four (4) years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000.00. Sentencing for Lovell has been scheduled for July 19, 2012.