Andrew O'Connell is accused of stealing coins from Joe and Tammy Barnes and is scheduled for trial in November. The Barnes, however, owe O'Connell and his father close to $200,000 for slandering them by saying they stole their rare coins, a civil jury found last week.
All this begs the question — what's going on?
"Our contention is the civil case and criminal case are independent of each other," said Assistant District Attorney Shelly Faulk. "It's our intention to proceed."
See Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.