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July 12, 2014

Mother pleads guilty to allowing child rape

RICHMOND — Deanna Lawson, charged with 20 counts of complicity in the rape and sodomy of a minor, pleaded guilty in Madison Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Between October 2011 and September 2012, Eric Kelley had sexual relations with Lawson’s two daughters, according to court documents.

She was charged with complicity after police said they learned Lawson knew of the crimes but didn’t try to stop them or alert authorities.

Lawson wept as she told told Judge Jean C. Logue she “just couldn’t believe” that Kelley, whom she had been dating for three years, “would do something like that” to her daughters.

However, “The abuse was taking place and (Lawson) didn’t act,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith told the judge.

Lawson’s defense attorney said he didn’t think his client should have to register as a sex offender because she pleaded guilty only to complicity. That will be determined when Lawson is sentenced Aug. 14.

She has been held in the Madison County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond since Dec. 28, 2012, according to the jail’s online records.

Kelley’s trial is set for August.

Defendant fails in-court drug test

Logue ordered a man in court Thursday on drug charges to undergo a drug test after she said he appeared to be under the influence.

As he came before her, Logue immediately asked Christopher Mullikin if he could pass a drug test.

“I’ve been watching you over there,” the judge said. “You seem kind of out of it. If I were to give you a drug test right now, would you pass it?”

Mullikin hesitated for a moment and then answered, “Possibly.”

The judge instantly ordered a drug test and continued with the docket as she waited for the results.

The woman who administered the test said it showed the presence of methamphetamine and heroin in Mullikin’s system.

Court security officers then placed Mullikin under arrest and took him to the detention center where Logue ordered him to remain without bond until his next court date, Aug. 14.

Mullikin was free on bond as he faced charges of manufacturing meth and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

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