Preliminary hearing for incest defendants Feb. 11
A preliminary hearing, originally scheduled for today, has been cancelled according to Clay County Attorney Mike Houchins after trial information, in an alleged incest case involving an uncle and a niece, was filed by District Court Judge Charles Borth Tuesday.
Felony incest charges were filed against Elizabeth Ann Welch, 18, and Jerrold Marble, 35, Jan. 7, following an investigation initiated by the Department of Human Services and Spencer Police Department just prior to Thanksgiving.
Houchins summed up the basic facts of the investigation associated with the allegations.
"The two individuals were charged with incest. They were relatives and apparently, from the facts, it was consensual. And they were charged," Houchins said.
"Law enforcement were called to the house due to a disturbance," the county attorney continued. "While they were interviewing occupants of the house, information came out that led to the charges."
Arraignment for both is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11. At that time, either the defendant or legal representation will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Houchins indicated he doesn't anticipate any further charges associated with the specific allegations in this case.