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Court action delayed in Spray rodeo theft case

Published on February 26, 2018 10:16AM

SPRAY — Joann Pearl Griffith of Spray said she showed up to court Friday to face charges of theft and computer crime, but nothing happened.

Griffith is the secretary of the Spray Rodeo Association. A Wheeler County grand jury indicted her on 35 counts alleging she stole thousands of dollars in 2016 and 2017 from the rodeo association and the Haystack Cemetery Association.

Griffith said she went to Wheeler County Courthouse, Friday, for an arrangement, but she never saw the charges.

“They told me come back with a lawyer,” she said.

Court records show the Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer presided over Friday’s proceeding and found Griffith did not qualify for a public defender.

The court set March 23 as the next hearing. According to the court schedule, that would be for a change of plea. Griffith, however, said she never entered a plea Friday. Beyond that, she said she did not want to comment until after the next hearing when she would know more about the case.


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