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March 9, 2013

Woman to face trial

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Woodward, Okla. — TEEN, UNDERSHERIFF TESTIFY ABOUT TEXT MESSAGES

After making the report to law enforcement, the teen said she began receiving text messages from Troutner.  Meinders presented the teen with photographs of her phone which showed the texts she had received and asked her about the messages.

The teen read the messages in which she said Troutner allegedly made statements including "they don't believe you,"  "it's just another one of your made up stories," "it's your word against ours," and "we will win."

The Assistant District Attorney then called Woodward County Undersheriff Kevin Mitchell as her second witness.

Mitchell testified as having taken the teen's statement about the alleged sexual assault.  He said that during his interview of the victim, the teen told him about the messages she had received.

Mitchell said he then obtained a search warrant for the trailer where Troutner and Allen were living.  

In serving the warrant, the undersheriff said that he and several other deputies discovered and seized a variety of items, including several cell phones and cameras.

He then obtained a second warrant in order to search the content of 2 of the seized cell phones, which he said he sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for additional analysis.

"The analysis of the phone showed messages that were sent and received (by Troutner)," Mitchell said.

Meinders asked whether the messages from Troutner's phone corresponded to what the teen had told him she had received from Troutner.  Mitchell responded that the messages did match.

JUDGE RULES CASE WILL PROCEED

Following Mitchell's brief testimony, Troutner's defense attorney Dustin Phillips, of Oklahoma City, made a "general demurrer" motion to try to keep the case from proceeding.  

However, Associate District Judge Don Work denied the motion saying, "I find that probable cause was presented to believe that the crime of rape by instrumentation did occur in Woodward County and that the defendant committed that crime."

The judge continued, "I rule that she should be held to answer that charge at an arraignment in district court."

Troutner's arraignment was then scheduled for April 18 at 10:30 a.m. before District Judge Ray Dean Linder.

Judge Work said that Troutner's bond will continue.  She is out on a $25,000 bond.

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