The Ottumwa Courier

April 16, 2014

Attorney withdraws after client disappears

By MATT MILNER
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Authorities are still looking for an Ottumwa man who didn’t show up for court proceedings. When they find him, he’ll need a new attorney.

Jacob Nordyke faces charges of interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia. His case is on hold, though, until he is taken into custody. Nordyke had been being represented by a public defender.

But last week his attorney asked to leave the case. That request has been approved.

Nordyke’s case isn’t the only local trial with significant developments. Two arson cases have new trial dates.

Christopher Jordan faces charges of arson, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense, stalking and insurance fraud. He already had a trial date of May 6, but that has been pushed back. A pre-trial conference is now set for May 12, with trial starting July 1.

Beau Brandi Simpson is charged with arson in a separate case. She has entered a not guilty plea and has a trial date of Aug. 5.

And the cases against two local men who allegedly stole a skid loader and used it to commit a burglary are starting to diverge. Todd Sexton and Kyle Davis face identical charges of theft and burglary, with both designated habitual offenders, but the cases are at different points.

Sexton has yet to formally enter a plea. The court has now pushed back his arraignment to April 28.

Davis has already pleaded not guilty as part of a written arraignment. His trial is scheduled begin on Aug. 5.