Man convicted of involuntary manslaughter faces new charges

John Hacker

The man convicted earlier this month of involuntary manslaughter in the 2006 death of a Carthage girl was arrested again in Carthage on Saturday.

Jarub Baird, 18, of Carthage, faces one felony count of receiving stolen property after Carthage police investigated several thefts from motor vehicles that took place in the early morning hours of June 15, according to Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan.

"One of our patrol officers, Patrolman Chad Harris, was driving along a street looking for any clues in the recent graffiti investigation when he saw an individual hiding under a truck," Dagnan said. "The officer also found electronics that looked a bit out of place in the bed of the truck. Guy hiding under a truck, electronics in the back of that truck. In the academy we call that a clue, so he decided to check it out."

Dagnan said Justin A. Deal, 18, Carthage was the man found hiding under the truck on June 15. Deal also faces one charge of felony receiving stolen property.

Dagnan said Deal was arrested and the electronic items were confiscated. After dawn June 15, reports started coming in from people reporting that their vehicles had been broken into and stereos and other items stolen.

According to a sworn statement filed by Carthage Police Detective Bill Hawkins, Deal told investigators that Baird and a third suspect, Stefan Hukill, were with him and involved in the thefts.

The statement said Baird and Hukill were arrested June 21.

Baird was released on $50,000 bond, and Deal was arrested on $3,000 bond. According to Jasper County Court records on the Internet, Hukill had not been charged in this incident as of Thursday.

Baird faces arraignment on his charge on July 16, while Deal will be arraigned on July 9, both at 9:05 a.m. in Jasper County Associate Circuit Court in Joplin.

Baird was found guilty of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault by a jury in Stone County in the December 2006 accident that killed Hannah Smallwood.

Sentencing in that case is set for Aug. 11, although the defense has filed a motion seeking an acquittal by Judge Gayle Crane.

Carthage Press