taken into custody less than a week after warrant is issued
arrest warrant that was issued for Jason Q. Daugherty last week
after he failed to show up for his final day of trial, was served
in the early morning hours of October 6 at a residence in Jennings
Prosecutor Ric Hertel was relieved to know Daugherty was in custody.
He told The Versailles Republican, I had concerns
for some of the non-law enforcement witnesses who testified at
the trial. He further noted that the defendant will not
have the opportunity to bond out of jail until his sentencing,
which has been set for November 1. Knowing he is behind bars is
a relief for the prosecutor.
Several police agencies worked in cooperation after they received
a tip that Daugherty could be at the residence on County Road
750 E. in Columbia Township, near Nebraska.
A press release noted when officers pulled into the driveway of
the home, the individual (Daugherty) fled out the rear of the
residence. He was met by several officers who were waiting in
a field. Daugherty was taken into custody without further incident.
After getting a tip that there could be a meth lab in a camper
on the property where Daugherty was, officers were granted permission
to search it, but didnt find anything there.
Daugherty had been convicted of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine
in a jury trial in Ripley County Circuit Court last week. The
defendant wasnt present for the final day of trial nor for
the verdict, which was on Thursday, September 30. Daugherty was
in court for the first two days of the three-day trial in Judge
Carl Tauls court. Sentencing could not be set until the
defendant was located.
Officers from not only the Ripley County Sheriffs Office,
but Decatur and Jennings as well, along with town marshals from
Holton and Versailles, and the Indiana State Police were involved
in the arrest of Daugherty.