Theft charge dismissed against former state Rep. Curry Todd in campaign sign theft

A theft charge against former state Rep. Curry Todd, who last year allegedly stole former state Rep. Mark Lovell’s campaign signs, was dismissed in Shelby County General Sessions Court on Friday, reports the Commercial Appeal.

Lovell’s failure to attend the hearing was cited as a reason for the dismissal. Todd was on hand, but declined comment.

Todd faced charges of misdemeanor theft of property under $500 for allegedly stealing Lovell’s campaign signs during last summer’s Republican primary for the District 95 state house seat, an act that was caught on video.

Lovell  won the primary and ran unopposed in the general election. He, however, resigned from the legislature early in the session after being accused of sexual harassment, charges he has denied.

Lovell was expected to be in court, said Byron Winsett, chief prosecutor of public corruption and economic crimes with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office. Someone in the office even spoke to him on Friday morning.

“We told the court that we’d heard from him and the indication was he was out of town and had forgotten to be here,” Winsett said.

There were other prosecution witnesses present, but the case could not proceed with out Lovell, he said.

…A continuance was discussed with General Sessions Judge Louis Montesi, he said.

“But everybody took the position that given the history of the case, the appropriate resolution at this point was to let this go,” Winsett said.

…This case should have never gone this far, said Ted Hansom, Todd’s attorney.

Hansom likened it to District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s decision not to use “limited resources” to investigate or prosecute Shelby County native Justin Timberlake after he took a selfie in a voting booth last year, a violation of state law.

“Well I guess we’re going to get to see about those meager resources,” Hansom said.

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