Man facing added charges in rape case

Friday, May 30, 2008

A Marshall County grand jury has issued three indictments against a man indicted last winter on one rape charge. He is now named in three indictments alleging sex offenses against the same girl, who is under the age 13.

Meanwhile, another county man has been indicted in two harassment cases, one alleging that it's a second offense. That situation, according to Circuit Court Clerk Elinor Brandon Foster, could change the charge to a felony from a misdemeanor.

Those are two of the seven people indicted May 21 and reported to Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler. People who are indicted are presumed innocent until proven guilty or after they plead guilty. Indictment means the grand jury found probable cause to have a case proceed toward trial in circuit court.

Douglas Dewayne Foster, 25, who has at least two addresses in his case files -- 725 Bark St. and 1326 Yell Road, was indicted this month on two counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

City Police Detective Jimmy Oliver investigated this case. It alleges molestation and rape of a girl between June 1 and 31, 2003.

June 5 was set for trial of the charge contained in the Feb. 20 indictment, the circuit court clerk reported this week. Because of the superceding indictments, the process toward trial begins again, she said.

In February, the defendant was also indicted on charges alleging sale and/or delivery of illegal drugs, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

Ricky Eugene Scoville, 41, of Old Lake Road, Lewisburg, is the defendant in the harassment cases investigated by Sheriff's Capt. Norman Dalton.

Ashley Harris was the apparent victim of a call allegedly made by Scoville on Jan. 8 after he had been asked not to call her.

Scoville also allegedly made a phone call on Sept. 9, 2007, to the Kroger grocery here where Benita Nicholson answered the call that turned out to be offensive, without legitimate purpose, and alarming to Nicholson according to the indictment.

The indictment naming Nicholson as the target of unwanted phone calls states that the call was made while Scoville was on probation as a result of a conviction on a harassment charge.

Court records also show that Scoville was convicted and sentenced in the summer of 2006 on charges in connection with alleged littering and criminal trespass at the home of Marvin Johnson.

Also indicted May 21 were:

* Tywan Garcia Armstrong, 36, Spring Hill, failure to appear in court.

* Dwen Joseph Firpo, 27, 536 Colburn Drive, Lewisburg, aggravated assault, carrying a weapon in a public park, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

* Bethany Dawn Hunt, 30, 200 Tiger Blvd., burglary, theft, and illegal possession of or fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

* Darron Keith Lyttle, 35, 583 Seventh Ave., sale and/or delivery of a controlled substance, two counts each.

* Bryan Keith Sands, 44, Diana Road, Pulaski, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, violation of the implied consent law, assault on an officer and resisting arrest.