PRESTONSBURG – Two men charged with crimes ranging from attempted murder of a police officer to first-degree escape were both arraigned in Floyd District Court Monday morning.
Robert Powers, 28 of Auxier, was arraigned in court Monday, following a lengthy hospital stay. Powers was charged last week in the shooting of Prestonsburg Police officer Adam Dixon. Powers led police on a chase last Tuesday night that ended with both him and officer Dixon each being transported to hospitals with gun shot wounds.
After Dixon reportedly deployed an unsuccessful TASER, Powers brandished a fire arm and shot Dixon, who was not wearing a bullet proof vest, once in the chest.
During court, Powers did not speak, and his plea of not guilty was entered by a member of the public defenders office. Powers bail was set at $250,000. He is set to appear in court again on November 2, 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.
Power is charged with attempted murder of a police officer. He could face additional charges including a count of persistent felony offender due to prior convictions.
Also in court Monday was 26-year-old Caleb Slone. Slone made headlines last Thursday after fleeing custody from deputies and disappearing along the Big Sandy River. Daycare’s and offices in town went into lock-down as sheriffs deputies and Prestonsburg police searched through town to no avail Thursday evening.
Slone was arrested the next day in the community of Dwale after an anonymous tip to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department advised them of Slone’s presence.
Slone was charged with one count of first-degree escape. He did not speak during Monday’s arraignment, and instead his not-guilty plea was entered by a public defender. Slone’s bond was set at $10,000 full cash, however, he was already being held in jail on separate charges.
Prior to his escape on Thursday, Slone had been involved in a court proceeding in Floyd Circuit Court related to charges of rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse of a minor under 12 years-of-age.
Slone will next appear in court on November 2, 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.
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