A trial date is expected to be set at the next court appearance of three people, including Crane alderwoman Jessica White, that are facing charges related to an incident in May.
Jessica White was charged with assault of a law enforcement officer, her husband Jordan and father-in-law Donnie White were charged with resisting arrest following an altercation in front of the couple's Crane home.
The White's were arrested after Jessica White's cousin, Brittany Barnett was pulled over for a traffic violation in the White's driveway. Her husband, Thomas Barnett, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Brittany Barnett is also charged with assault of a law enforcement officer.
The White's arrived at their home while the arrest of the Barnett's were underway and they say the were ordered to stay outside their home and were confronted by officers who did not have a warrant or any reason to detain them. The White's maintain that two Stone County deputies used excessive force when they attempted to arrest them.
The Missouri Attorney General’s office was appointed as special prosecutor in the case to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest of the Stone County prosecutors office due to the allegations against the deputies. Late last month, the state filed a motion for a joint trial for all three defendants.
The White's next court appearance is scheduled for December 11th.