Friday, March 03, 2017

Trial date set for Jarub Baird on meth conspiracy, money laundering charges

The trial of Jarub Baird, 27, Carthage, on federal meth conspiracy and money laundering charges has been scheduled for 9 a.m. August 21 in Kansas City.

Twelve others charged in the conspiracy will be Baird's co-defendants, according to court records.

In December, Judge Sarah W. Hays ordered Baird held without bond after the government provided a background on Baird''s criminal record, which was included in the motion for a detention hearing:

Defendant has three prior felony convictions for involuntary manslaughter, assault second degree and distributing not more than 5 grams of marijuana. 

The involuntary manslaughter charge arose as the result of a car accident caused by excessive speed; defendant was the driver of the car. Defendant was sentenced to four years and three years in prison to run consecutively. He was released in April of 2013, but returned to custody in August of 2014 for a new law violation (DWI). He completed his sentence on August 23, 2015. 

Evidence presented during the detention hearing indicated that within a matter of days after completing his sentence, defendant became involved is this drug conspiracy.

The involuntary manslaughter charge came as a result of the December 8, 2006, crash on an icy country road just outside of Carthage in which Hannah Smallwood, 15, was killed. Baird, the driver of the vehicle, which contained two other teenagers, slammed into a utility pole traveling at an estimated 110 miles per hour,

More information about that accident, Baird's subsequent trial, and a detailing of Baird's other run-ins with the law can be found on the December 8, 2016 Turner Report.

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