Friday, February 19, 2010

Arrest warrant issued in adult abuse case

Suspect fails to appear at court hearing

Express Staff Writer

James G. Zachary

An arrest warrant was issued this week for a Hailey man accused of misusing a disabled woman's credit card.

Blaine County 5th District Court Judge Robert J. Elgee ordered the warrant Tuesday after James G. Zachary, 56, failed to appear as ordered for a pretrial conference on a felony charge of theft and a misdemeanor charge of "abuse, exploitation or neglect of a vulnerable adult."

Elgee doesn't usually require defendants to appear in court for pretrial conferences, but made an exception in Zachary's case when informed earlier by Ketchum attorney Dan Dolan that he had been unable to contact his client.

"I've lost contact with Mr. Zachary," Dolan said at a Feb. 8 hearing. "He has apparently left the valley for a while."

Dolan, assigned to the case as public defender, reaffirmed at Tuesday's hearing that he's still been unable to reach Zachary.

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"I'll continue to try to look for him, but I don't know where he's at right now," he said.

Zachary was charged with the crimes for allegedly illegally using a 70-year-old Hailey woman's credit card. According to court records, the woman suffers from a medical condition and requires assistance in handling her financial affairs. Records state that the woman gave Zachary her credit card so he could "run errands" for her.

Zachary had been free on $1,500 bond following his arrest in March 2009. Elgee ordered a new bond set at $20,000 and cancelled a jury trial scheduled for March 10.

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