April 14, 2022
No video or audio recordings will be allowed at James Phelps' hearing tomorrow in Dallas County.
Phelps, and his alleged accomplice Timothy Norton, are facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and abandonment of a corpse in connection to the murder of Cassidy Rainwater-Paul last summer at a cabin on Moon Valley Road in rural Dallas County.
Judge John Porter may take up a motion at tomorrow's hearing that was filed by Phelps' attorney, Tom Jacquinot, to dismiss the abandonment of a corpse charges against his client. Jacquinot's argument is that his client had a right not to self-incriminate himself in the crime. Dallas County prosecutor Jonathan Barker says Phelps could have called in a tip about where to find Cassidy's remains anonymously.
Porter is also expected to make a ruling on a motion filed by Dallas County prosecutor Jonathan Barker asking that a new preliminary hearing date be scheduled as one of the state's witnesses will not be able to appear for the June 3rd hearing, nearly 11-months after Cassidy was murdered.