Jim Albert Harris, 41, AKA Coleman Bully Jr., has been charged with failure to register as a sex offender and living within 2,000 feet of a school.
Durant Police began investigating Harris Aug. 8 after he allegedly cut Travis Baker, 49, during an argument at 504 N. Fourth Ave.
Harris claimed he stabbed Baker with a screwdriver, but “didn't mean to,” according to the report, and a witness claimed Harris used a switchblade in the assault. Detective Randall Cheney obtained a search warrant to look for the weapon used. Neither an automatic knife or a screwdriver were found, but officers saw pictures of young girls taped to the wall and other photos that appeared to be of women posing as underage girls, according to police.
An affidavit states that Detective Sonny Stewart checked Harris' criminal background and learned he was a registered sex offender residing on Perry Street in Bennington.
Court papers state that Harris has a prior conviction for indecent exposure. Harris, the affidavit states, told police that he had moved from Bennington to University Arms Apartments in Durant where he lived for approximately two weeks before moving to the North Fourth Avenue home. He claimed he had not had time to register.
Convicted sex offenders are required to register with authorities anytime they move. They also are prohibited from living near a school. According to the affidavit, the distance from the 504 N. Fourth Ave. home to the Durant Middle School is 607 feet.
Among items police seized from Harris were 68 pictures and photographs, five toy cars, assorted pornographic magazine clippings, 54 VHS tapes and seven disposable cameras. Harris had previously been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon for the assault against Baker.
In other criminal charges filed this week, Jason Raylon Stewart, 26, Durant, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and robbery by force or fear. According to police and court reports, Dustin Stroud said he was assaulted by Stewart and another man after he gave a woman a ride from the Choctaw Casino at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday morning.
According to a report by Patrolman Shane Harkey, Stroud said the woman asked him to stop. A vehicle drove up behind his and two men that he recognized got out. He claimed that one of the men hit him in the head with a flashlight and they stole his watch and wallet. Harkey found Stewart early the next morning and arrested him, the report stated. Charges have not yet been filed on the other suspect but a report was turned over to the district attorney's office for review.
- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Cartwright man accused of helping try to cook up a batch of methamphetamine. Jason Wayne Kirby, 26, was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
According to a probable-cause affidavit by District Attorney's Drug Task Force Agent Wayne Stanley, chemicals and equipment used to make methamphetamine were found last month at a Derryberry Lane residence in Cartwright.
Kirby, the affidavit states, denied helping “cook” the drug, but admitted to helping gathering the items needed to make it.