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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Preliminary hearing Oct. 31

  • The last time Arnold Pargeon of Vandalia appeared in court he didn't have any representation.
    Now he does.
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  • The last time Arnold Pargeon of Vandalia appeared in court he didn't have any representation.
    Now he does.
    Pargeon, (born in 1961) who is charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree domestic assault and felonious restraint, will be represented by attorney Jennifer Richardson with the 10th Judicial Circuit's Public Defender's office.
    His appearance before Judge David Mobley on Wednesday in Ralls County Associate Court, only took about a minute. Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit with his hands and ankles restrained by shackles, the more than six-foot tall man with a buzzed haircut and long beard that reached his torso, barely spoke while Richardson scheduled his preliminary hearing.
    Pargeon's preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place Halloween afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
    According to court documents, Pargeon's attempted murder and domestic assault charges come after he allegedly poured beer down the throat of Susan Marie Meranda in an attempt to choke her to death "and/or sitting on her thorax preventing her from obtaining an adequate oxygen supply." He is also accused of slamming Meranda's head into the ground with force and violence.
    Documents also indicate Pargeon's felonious restraint charge comes after he allegedly restrained Meranda unlawfully without consent.
    This isn't Pargeon's first run in with felony charges.
    In the late-'90s, Pargeon, according to court records, was convicted of forgery, felony damage to jail/property and operating a motor vehicle while his license was revoked.
    Pargeon is being held on $500,000 cash-only bond at the Pike County Jail.
    Follow on Twitter: @DominicGenetti #Pargeoncase
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