Man facing felony charges waives prelim hearing

The Daily Times staff
Jamal King

FARMINGTON — A 20-year-old man who has been accused of battering a man and stealing a police "bait" motorcycle, in two separate incidents, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Jamal King waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court, according to court records.

King is facing felony charges for aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to the criminal complaints for two cases.

His attorney, Mark Curnutt, said in a statement that King's conditions of release were modified Wednesday. King was released today on a $5,000 bond.

Curnutt's law firm is seeking to interview witnesses in both of King's cases.

King was charged with felony aggravated battery after a fight on Dec. 6, 2015, near Walgreens at 4221 E. Main St. in Farmington, according to the affidavit.

A witness told police dispatchers that after the fight one man was unconscious and another man left the scene. The victim later told a Farmington police officer that King attacked him, according to the affidavit.

King was also allegedly involved in the theft of a motorcycle on July 27 that officers placed in the 1000 block of Glade Lane as "bait," according to the affidavit.

Detectives tracked the motorcycle to a home on County Road 7786 near Nageezi. The affidavit states King initially denied his and his girlfriend’s involvement in the theft. He later later admitted to officers that he and his girlfriend, along with two other people, stole the motorcycle, according to the affidavit.

Both of King’s cases have been bound over to district court, according to court records.