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Vaughn case dead-docketed, set to be dismissed
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 09, 2014 | 2286 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The rape and sexual assault cases against a Jones County teenager were dead-docketed last week and could eventually be dismissed if he follows the rules laid down by the court.

Dead-docketing is a legal device used to postpone the prosecution of a case indefinitely, but it may be reinstated or dismissed at any time at the pleasure of the court.

Superior Court Judge Trent Brown signed the orders Jan. 2, submitted by Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin, to dead-docket the cases against Storm Vaughn until he and his two accusers graduate.

Vaughn was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 6, 2013, on one count of rape and cruelty to children in the first degree involving a 16-year-old girl, and one count of sexual battery and cruelty to children in the first degree involving a second 16-year-old girl. At that time the defendant was 17.

The dates cited for the crimes were Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2013, respectively.

The second alleged victim was the one to come forward first, and she never wavered that what happened to her at an underage party was a crime and she wanted Vaughn prosecuted.

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