A former foster care and adoptive mother will stand trial on Monday, March 6 for numerous child abuse allegations, which include accusations she starved, beat and undertook other cruel acts against nine children in her custody.
Deidre Matthews, 49, of Independence, Missouri and formerly of Jay is charged in Delaware County District Court with 14 counts of child abuse, seven counts of child neglect, child endangerment and enabling child abuse.
She is free on a reduced bail of $50,000.
The hearing was set on Monday, Jan. 9, during the Spring Felony Docket.
After the hearing, Delaware County District Attorney Kenny Wright said the trial is expected to last around 10 days. Ottawa County Associate Judge Robert Reavis will preside over the case in Delaware County.
Wright said all pleas are off the table and the case will go to trial.
Deidre Matthews, along with her then-husband Jerry, were recognized as Department of Human Services Adoptive Parents of the Year for northeast Oklahoma in 2006.
Jerry Matthews pleaded no contest in July to two counts of child neglect in exchange for testifying against his former wife.
The couple no longer has custody of the children, records show. Jerry Matthews has since remarried.
Former deputy to enter plea
In other cases, Garrick Walker, 26, of Jay, is expected to enter a plea on Jan. 18 to making a lewd or indecent proposal to a child under 16.
Walker, who at the time was a member of the Delaware County Sheriff's office, admitted to investigators he did discuss sex with the teen telling her “she needed experience."
Walker asked the teen several times if she “would like to experiment with him” and said, “no one would have to know,” the affidavit states.
The affidavit also states the victim and her sister, who was in the fifth grade at the time, were inappropriately touched.
Walker was terminated from the sheriff's office after the allegations surfaced. He remains free on $20,000 bail.
Continued to July
Edwin Hardee Turlington Jr., 48, of Turpin was ordered to return to court in July for the felony disposition docket.
He was charged in 2014 with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in a fight over a land deal. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Also ordered to appear on the July 24 felony disposition docket is Austin Michael DeLoach, 26 of Beaux Arts, Washington.
DeLoach did not appear in court but was represented by his attorney, Lee Griffin. He faces a first-degree rape charge for the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl.
The juvenile victim told investigators DeLoach strangled and raped her, before dropping her off in the road next to the house where the teen had been attending a party, according to a probable cause affidavit.
DeLoach admitted picking the girl up from the party and went to a private residence where they "sat and talked for approximately 30 minutes," according to the affidavit.
He is free on his own-recognizance bond.