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Hudson suspects allowed limited contact
Nov 15, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
One is expected to give birth this month, and the couple needs to pick out a name and decide where to place the child.
A judge has granted a motion allowing two defendants in the Hudson double homicide case to have written marital contact while they remain incarcerated at the Fremont County Detention Center.
Defense attorney Kathleen Tilton said client Samantha June Hanway, 21, and Hanway's husband, Joseph Jude Jenkins, 20, have "some serious marital issues right now."
Tilton said Hanway is expected to give birth this month, and the couple needs to pick out a name and decide where to place the child.
Unable to post bond, Hanway and Jenkins have remained in jail since their March arrests for the killings of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20, at Likes's trailer house in Hudson in November 2011. The two are also charged with robbing the couple and setting the trailer house ablaze in an attempt to cover up the crimes.
Because Hanway and Jenkins are co-defendants in the case, the two have been prohibited from contact with one another.
Hanway, Tilton, and Jenkins's attorney Tina Olson attended the 15-minute hearing Nov. 8 before Lander District Court Judge Norman E. Young.
Young said because Hanway and Jenkins filed the same motion, he felt it unnecessary to have both appear in court.
Tilton requested the couple be allowed to write up to three letters per week until the child is born. After the birth, she asked one letter a week be allowed.
Tilton said detention staff is willing to review all correspondence exchanged between Hanway and Jenkins to ensure there is no improper communication about the pending case.
'she's well aware that this is a privilege," Tilton said of her client.
Fremont County deputy attorney Patrick LeBrun said his only concern would be the "administrative burden" for detention staff to review the letters. He said he was OK with written contact if the jail was.
"My initial reaction was to say no," Young said, explaining Hanway and Jenkins were charged with "the most serious crimes in the book."
Young concurred with LeBrun about the burden on detention staff.
"It takes time and it takes staff and it takes effort," Young continued.
He agreed the couple could send two letters a week before the birth and once a week afterward. Young noted the privilege could be terminated at any time.
"I just want to thank you," Hanway told the judge.