Computer causes confusion in kidnapping hearing

By From page B1 | November 19, 2012

Jennifer Kendall appeared Friday morning for an arraignment hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court Department 2 amidst confusion of documents.

Between defense attorney Tom Johnson and Chief Assistant District Attorney Bill Clark, there was confusion regarding information and whether it had been received by all parties, as the prosecution’s computer failed to work properly. The matter was trailed to work out who had received the discovery.

When the case was recalled, with Worth Dikeman taking over for Clark, the information had been received by counsel on both sides, specifically a transcript of a preliminary hearing.

Judge Daniel B. Proud continued the hearing to Dec. 21 for a trial setting conference at 8:30 a.m.

As counsel was leaving, Proud realized no plea had been entered, and Johnson replied that his client would be pleading not guilty.

Kendell had reportedly fled from California to Spokane, Wash., with her then 18-month-old son, in violation of family court orders. On April 9, she was located and transported back to El Dorado County, where custody of the child was given to the father.

Cole Mayer

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