10/27/16   Ouachita County Circuit Court


Several criminal cases were filed in Ouachita County Circuit Court in Camden on October 17 by R. Jeffrey Sawyer, deputy prosecuting attorney for the 13th  Judicial District.

19 year old Dayton Cole Rothwell of Camden was charged with battery for an incident that occurred on August 20. Scott Anthony filed a police report on August 29 stating that Rothwell had stabbed him in the back following an argument between the two. According to the report Anthony suffered a punctured lung and cut artery and had to be hospitalized for four days as the result of his injuries.

57 year old Donald A. Lehnig had charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer as the result of an incident that occurred on July 5, at the ER at Ouachita County Medical Center. According to the report Lehnig attempted a drug overdose and was reportedly suicidal when officers attempted to subdue at the ER. The report indicates that Lehnig spit on them and struck one of the officers. Sawyer indicated in the paperwork he'd seek to have Lehnig tried under the habitual criminal statute, allowing the judge to tack on additional jail time.

36 year old Morketreion D. Torrence of Camden has been charged in circuit court with domestic battery, possession of a firearm by a felon and theft by receiving. The charges were filed against Torrence by Camden police on September 15 as the result of an incident between Torrence and a girl friend. Torrence will also be tried under the habitual criminal statute.

6l year old Samuel E. Layne Jr of Bearden has had rape charges filed against him by the prosecutor's office. Layne is alleged to have raped a minor. According to the report, after the incident was reported by the minor to another adult, Layne left for Texas and reportedly checked himself into a mental institution. He was arrested with the help of the U.S. Marshall's office in Edinburg, Texas and transported back to Arkansas to face charges.

35 year old Bobby Junail Daniels of Camden has been charged with theft of public benefits. The theft reportedly occurred between April, 2013 and November 30, 2014. An investigation revealed that Daniels was convicted in August, 2009 of delivery of marijuana and was sentenced to serve 72 months in the Department of Correction. As the result of the conviction, Daniels was permanently disqualified to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. Records indicate that Daniels received $3,727.00 in SNAP benefits.

Sawyer says he'll also have Daniels tried under the habitual criminal statute that allows the judge to levy additional jail time.