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Former Oregon County Deputy in court

Friday, August 26, 2011

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Butler County Divison I Judge Michael Pritchett determined Aug. 23 enough evidence exists against former Oregon County sheriff's deputy Dophes "Gene" Barton to proceed with trial. The case was moved to Butler county on a change of venue.

Barton, 47, of rural Alton, pleaded not guilty to four felony counts each of theft and burglary. Barton was represented by his attorney, Devin Kirby, from Doniphan, Mo.

After comparing schedules with the prosecutor, they set a trial date of Nov. 1 in Butler County, to be heard by Judge Pritchett.

Barton, who was working as a deputy sheriff at the time, was charged in Oregon County in January with stealing goods valued at more than $15,000.

He is represented by defense attorney Devin Kirby of Doniphan.

Barton is a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's department and son of former Alton Police Chief Michael Barton. He is accused of stealing tools, an ATV, welder, generators and several new chain saws from August to December 2010.



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