BROOKVILLE – Seven defendants were scheduled for 9 a.m. hearings April 2 in Franklin Circuit Court.
After decisions were made about four cases, Judge Steven Cox called, “State vs. Amanda Napier.”
“My lawyer’s not here,” she said, but then attorney James Moore’s partner, John Worth, navigated his wheelchair up to the defense table (his foot is healing after falling on ice). Worth reported, “I think Jym’s on his way and he’s more familiar” with the case of convicted murderer David Ison’s accomplice.
Because Moore had Napier’s file, the defendant wanted her sentencing hearing to be delayed until his arrival. According to Worth, Moore was at another court appearance in Lawrenceburg.
A Batesville man had a question answered, then an inmate had a conversation with the judge about whether a jail course could lessen time served (maybe) and they bantered about prison politics and the inmate’s new tattoos. Just before 10 a.m. Cox, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Huerkamp and all but two of the inmates left.
While one deputy stood watch over the male inmate seated in the front row of the spectators’ area, Napier and Worth stayed at the defense table, then the attorney was on the phone with his office, trying to track Moore down. Worth left the room just before one deputy relieved the other. Napier sat at the table, head in her right hand, gazing up and seemingly contemplating her future, right leg jiggling.
The Connersville woman, 37, has been incarcerated in the Franklin County Security Center, Brookville, awaiting a March 17 trial, but then inked a plea agreement filed in Franklin Circuit Court March 3.
Napier was to be sentenced on two Class B felony counts, conspiracy to deal a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. According to an information document filed in the court Oct. 16, 2012, she “did conspire with David Ison or Angie Napier (no relation to the defendant) to deliver Oxycontin” and Angie Napier texted her husband about the upcoming drug buy. Amanda Napier drove Ison to the Roy Napier home so he could purchase the drug from the man.