We visited with Oklahoma District Attorney Mark Matloff, who serves McCurtain, Choctaw, and Pushmataha Counties, this morning concerning the prosecution of Jaci Jackson. Jackson, 19, of Broken Bow, Okla., a former Southern Arkansas University student and rodeo team member, is facing multiple felony charges in the theft of five horses and other equipment from her rodeo teammates. One of the stolen horses was eventually found dead. She also faces arson charges from a separate incident in 2010.
Matloff stated a preliminary hearing conference took place over the phone yesterday afternoon with Jackson’s attorney.
“[Her] attorney contacted me yesterday and basically stated, ‘Is there any kind of offer?’ And there was no offer to be given.”
Matloff explained the preliminary hearing conference is a meeting where the district attorney and defense attorney meet to exchange discovery evidence if they haven’t already done so and discuss any plea agreements that may be made.
“This conference doesn’t really have a whole lot of importance if there’s no offer. There’s simply nothing to discuss. I’m not making an offer in this case. I’m going to let a jury decide what to do with [Jackson],” Matloff said.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 13. Matloff explained, “A preliminary hearing [is where] we will actually put on evidence. The burden of proof is probable cause. And we have to put on evidence to show that a crime was committed, and that more than likely she committed it.”
The March hearing will cover both the theft and arson charges.