The next court appearances for Julie Anne Ward, 58, and her husband, Robert D. “Bob” Ward Sr., 63, of Vian will be at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12 when their preliminary hearing on charges they harbored a fugitive is slated.
Both the Wards were charged July 9 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with harboring a fugitive. The arresting sheriff’s deputy reported finding a fugitive staying in a trailer on the Ward’s property after the Wards were informed the man was a fugitive.
The Wards entered not guilty pleas to the charge and are free on bond. Julie Ward is past CEO of Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw.
The fugitive found sleeping in the Wards’ trailer was identified as Rick Brock, who escaped confinement in Muskogee County.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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