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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Dye arraignment scheduled June 20

  • The arraignment of Dustin Dye, 29, of Hannibal, charged with two counts of first degree assault of an infant on June 3, has been delayed a week at the request of public defender Jennifer Richardson.
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  • The arraignment of Dustin Dye, 29, of Hannibal, charged with two counts of first degree assault of an infant on June 3, has been delayed a week at the request of public defender Jennifer Richardson.
    Dye’s arraignment was scheduled for June 13 but has been rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 20.
    His first court appearance in the case will be before Associate Circuit Court Judge John Jackson at the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal.
    The arraignment could be done by video conference from the Marion County Jail in Palmyra, where Dye is incarcerated with bond set at $250,000, cash only.
    The charges were filed June 9 by Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton, who stated Dye allegedly caused serious physical injury to a 7-week-old infant known as “Baby Nora.”
    The infant was hospitalized at St. Louis Children’s Hospital with critical injuries including skull fractures. On June 9 her mother, Melinda Britt, reported Nora was improving.
    Dye was arrested June 7.
    When the charges were filed, Clayton reported the charge of assault First Degree carries a range of punishment of up to life in prison, so if convicted, Dye faces up to two consecutive life sentences.
    According to Missouri court records, Dye has several previous convictions, including a misdemeanor stealing case in which he pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2007, and served a jail sentence.
    In 2008 he served a 60-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to resisting arrest.
    On Feb. 20, 2009, Dye was arrested and accused of manufacturing, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested while driving a vehicle with a 14-year-old girl as a passenger.
    In the Feb. 20, 2009 case, he pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge of distribution/delivery/manufacturing/producing or attempting to or possession with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance.
    Dye was sentenced to 10 years with the Missouri Department of Corrections. After completing a 120-day program, he was placed on probation.
    Later his probation was revoked, and on March 1, 2010, he was again incarcerated with the DOC.
    Dye was released from prison on Sept. 25, 2013.
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