A Jeffersonville man was sent to jail Monday when he appeared in court for a plea hearing, but changed his mind at the last minute and asked for a new trial.
The Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office offered Timothy L. Slone, 44, a plea of 15 months in prison on an indictment charging trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence, possession of heroin, and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.
During Monday’s plea hearing in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Steven Beathard asked Slone if the agreed-upon sentence was what he was going to do.
Slone said he wanted a jury trial.
Beathard revoked Slone’s bond and sent him to the Fayette County Jail, where he is expected to remain until his Oct. 11 trial date.
Slone was arrested in April following a traffic stop on Parrott Station Road. According to Jason Havens, a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Slone was suspected to have been involved in a hit-skip incident and was located in a car driven by Tiara L. Adams. Their small child was in the car.
Havens reported Slone had a digital scale in his pocket, which Slone allegedly said he used to weigh his jewelry. Adams reportedly proceeded to exit the vehicle and make a bottle for the baby using a container of “Similac” powder. Havens said he asked Slone if he used drugs, and Slone and Adams said they did not use drugs.
Slone and Adams each reportedly gave consent to search the vehicle. During a search, Havens allegedly found a plastic bag inside the Similac container that had seven small white paper packages inside. Slone reportedly said the packages of heroin belonged to him and that he snorted it.
Adams, a co-defendant in the case, was later transported from the Fayette County Jail to a Columbus hospital where she died before she could appear for her final pre-trial on the same charges.
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