Accused Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court
YAKIMA, Wash.- Morgan Jones was in a federal courtroom Thursday to face new federal charges.
Federal prosecutors say Jones filed a not guilty plea at the U.S. Courthouse in Yakima Thursday morning.
Jones is the Alabama man accused of traveling to Boise and kidnapping a girl, then taking her to Palouse Falls and raping her multiple times.
Franklin County Prosecutor Steve Lowe dropped the county charges against Jones earlier this week so he could face more severe federal charges.
The case has been assigned to Richland Federal Judge Edward Shea, but it's unclear whether the case will be handled in Richland.
In Yakima, Jones was advised of his rights.
"A copy of the indictment is given to him and it's determined then whether or not he will retain council or whether appointed council will appear," said Tom Rice with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Spokane.
Court documents show Jones is still being represented by Kennewick attorney Jim Egan .
KNDU also learned Thursday that Jones is being held in the Yakima County Jail on a contract with the U.S. Marshal's Service.
His next court appearance is scheduled for a week from Thursday.