Wednesday, September 27, 2006
LePage disqualified in McDonald County sex cases
McDonald County Circuit Court Judge John LePage has removed himself from handling the preliminary hearings for four Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church leaders charged with felony sex crimes with children,
LePage made his decision today following a motion by McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Geeding asking for a change of judge. These motions are routinely granted at this stage in the judicial process.
This will delay the preliminary hearings, which had been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 2.
The charges against Rev. Raymond Lambert, 51, his wife Patricia Lambert, 49, and her brothers Paul and Tom Epling are detailed in the Aug. 15 Turner Report.
(Photo: Raymond Lambert, left)