Court wrap-up: Bond reduced for Jax man facing meth charges

By Jim McCabe on August 5 at 12:47pm

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A Jacksonville man arrested last month for having an active methamphetamine operation in his home has had his bail reduced.

Thirty-two-year-old Brian Downs of the 800 block of East State had the amount taken down from $85,000 to $50,000 with ten percent to apply by Morgan County Circuit Judge Chris Reif. Downs’ public defender Tom Piper had asked for the amount to be reduced to $30,000.

Downs was arrested on July 18th and is charged with three felonies: meth manufacturing, possession of meth-manufacturing materials, and possession of a meth precursor.

Also this morning, “not guilty” pleas were entered by Fred Clinton, Mahyura Walton and Blake Stewart.

Clinton, the director of the Morgan County Housing Authority, is charged with battery for an incident on July 2nd. He’s accused of putting his hands around a woman’s neck at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Walton is charged with criminal damage to property and reckless conduct after police say she used a personal vehicle to cause damage to another vehicle and strike a person during an incident late last month.

Walton was initially arrested for aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery and reckless driving as well.

Stewart is charged with resisting a peace officer after being arrested on July 26th. Stewart was hospitalized after reportedly breaking free from the arresting officer at the Morgan County Jail and being pushed up against a wall.

He’s also charged with DUI.

Stewart, Clinton and Walton all next appear in court on September 3rd.