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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • McKendrick waives prelim hearing

  • A downtown Ardmore book store owner, charged with sex crimes against a child, has waived his preliminary hearing.


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  • A downtown Ardmore book store owner, charged with sex crimes against a child, has waived his preliminary hearing.
     
    Allen McKendrick’s court appointed attorney, Eric Jones, announced the waiver  Tuesday during a conference with District Attorney Craig Ladd. McKendrick is now scheduled to appear in Carter County District Court at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 for formal arraignment.
     
    Ladd said Wednesday it is not clear whether the 49-year old man, charged with lewd or incident acts with a child and rape by instrumentation, intends to enter a plea in the case or seek a jury’s verdict.
     
    McKendrick, owner of Ashley’s Bookstore and More, was arrested Nov. 15 by Ardmore police on a warrant charging him with the two felony crimes. An APD investigation, led by Detective Justin Brown, was launched Oct. 12 into allegations the Wilson resident was using his Ardmore business to commit sex crimes against child victims.
     
    McKendrick, who was convicted in two massive embezzlement cases in Wagoner County in 1992, faces “after former conviction” penalty enhancements in the Carter County District Court case. If he seeks a jury trial and is convicted, he faces five years to life on the rape charge and three to 20 years in prison on the lewd acts charge.
     
    Currently he remains detained at the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of a $200,000 bond or the outcome of his case.
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