Another charge filed on mur­der sus­pect af­ter jail van­dal­ism

None of the of­fi­cers’ re­ports in­clude any com­ment from Drexler, who has been jailed with­out bail since July 2015 on cap­i­tal mur­der and other charges.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - DE­BRA HALE-SHEL­TON

CON­WAY — Cap­i­tal-mur­der sus­pect Hunter Drexler faces a mis­de­meanor charge af­ter a fel­low in­mate at the Faulkner County jail im­pli­cated Drexler in a case in­volv­ing wa­ter dam­age to the lockup.

Drexler, 20, of Clin­ton was charged with mis­de­meanor crim­i­nal mis­chief ear­lier this month in Faulkner County District Court. His at­tor­ney, Patrick Benca, waived an ar­raign­ment and en­tered an in­no­cent plea on Drexler’s be­half last week.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports filed by jail of­fi­cers, one of them watch­ing from the jail tower Oct. 16 no­ticed that in­mate Joshua Mosier had taken a tele­vi­sion set from the jail’s day room to the pods, ar­eas where sev­eral in­mates are housed. About two min­utes later, the of­fi­cer said he heard fire alarms.

The jail’s wa­ter sys­tem, sprin­klers and fire alarms are con­nected, so another of­fi­cer turned off the wa­ter that was go­ing into that part of the jail. Be­cause the sprin­klers kept re­leas­ing wa­ter, an of­fi­cer looked closer and saw that an in­mate had dam­aged the sprin­kler head.

When of­fi­cers reached Mosier, he told them he was go­ing to kill him­self, so he was placed on sui­cide watch, the re­ports in­di­cate.

Sgt. Rusty Page wrote that he knew that Mosier had known “what was go­ing to hap­pen with the sprin­klers” and was later ad­vised that Mosier wanted to talk with him.

“He told me that he was not tak­ing a charge for another in­mate,” Page wrote. “I asked him to write a state­ment. He in­formed me that [in­mate Kanyon] Tol­liver, 19, had bro­ken the sprin­kler but, only af­ter … Drexler had co­erced … Tol­liver into break­ing the sprin­kler.”

Tol­liver, al­ready charged with third-de­gree bat­ter­ing, a mis­de­meanor, also was charged with mis­de­meanor crim­i­nal mis­chief ear­lier this month.

None of the of­fi­cers’ re­ports in­clude any com­ment from Drexler, who has been jailed with­out bail since July 2015 on cap­i­tal mur­der and other charges.

Of­fi­cers moved the wa­ter out of the jail through drains into the recre­ation yard.

Mosier, 25, of Green­brier was sen­tenced to two years in the Arkansas De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tion in Au­gust af­ter reach­ing a plea agree­ment on a felony theft charge. Some in­mates are housed in jails un­til space is avail­able in the prison sys­tem.

Drexler was among four teenagers charged in the July 2015 shoot­ing deaths of Pa­tri­cia and Robert Cogdell, both 66, of Con­way. Drexler is the only one await­ing trial. The oth­ers are in prison.

Drexler seeks to have his case moved to ju­ve­nile court in­stead of cir­cuit court, where he could face up to life in prison with­out pa­role if con­victed. He was 17 at the time of the crimes.

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