New motions, hearings filed for Missouri man charged in Cassidy Rainwater case

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — New motions have been filed on behalf of one of two men accused of kidnapping and terrorizing a missing woman in Dallas County, Missouri.

Cassidy Rainwater has been missing since late July. Court documents say deputies learned she was being held in a cage on a property on Moon Valley Road near Windyville.

An anonymous tip eventually led officers to arrest James Phelps and Timothy Norton, who was said to be staying on the Moon Valley property. 

Phelps has been in jail since mid-September after being charged with first-degree kidnapping.  

The attorney assigned to James Phelps filed a motion this week for a change of judge. 

Phelps and Norton were expected to go in front of a judge for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 5. However, court records show Norton is now due back in court Nov. 2 for that change of judge request.  

Phelps and Norton’s cases are currently being heard by Dallas County Judge Lisa Henderson.  

Earlier this month, Norton’s public defender filed a motion to have a judge consider setting a bond for possible release from jail, but the issue has not yet been placed on the docket. 

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