Man charged with coin theft wins civil case against accusers

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.