Four men charged with kidnapping, raping Springfield woman for days in Everton

Published: Sep. 8, 2019 at 1:18 PM CDT
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A Springfield woman says she was held against her will for two days, forcibly injected with drugs and repeatedly raped at a home in Everton, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Lawrence County prosecutor's office.

Zachery Wade, James Maggard Jr., David Browning Arnold, and Donnie Willis, all of Everton have been charged with kidnapping, first-degree rape, and first-degree sodomy. Additional charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit rape have also been filed against Wanda Maggard, of Everton.

The statement says the 20-year-old victim was with Wade, who she knew, when the pair stopped at a convenience store to get a soda around 9:30 p.m. on August 20. The woman told investigators that Wade went inside and returned with a soft-drink a short time later.

The woman consumed part of the drink, and says she quickly felt under the influence, stating she was not able to put her thoughts together. The woman then says she lost consciousness until they arrived at someone's home.

The victim says she recalled seeing three men, Arnold, Maggard, and Wade injecting themselves with drugs. They told the victim that she was also doing the drugs. That's when she says Maggard forcibly injected her with drugs while Wade and Arnold restrained her.

The statement says Arnold then attempted to force the victim to perform a sex act, and the victim bit him. Arnold then allegedly raped the victim.

The woman was left in the bedroom, where she says Wade entered the room and began kissing her. The victim says she started to cry, and was injected with more drugs.

The woman told investigators that Maggard then raped and sodomized her repeatedly. She says Wade then injected her for a third time before raping and sodomizing her.

The victim says she was restrained by a belt around one of her ankles. Eventually the victim was able to get up and dress herself. She told investigators that she then demanded Wade take her home.

The woman was then injected a fourth time and told investigators she felt as though she was dying. She says she fell in and out of consciousness and vomited.

Wade then put the woman in his car and drove to pick up his mother, Wanda Maggard. Wade and Maggard then drove to Springfield with the victim to commit push-out thefts at area businesses.

The victim told investigators that she saw a law-enforcement official while at one of the stores, and tried to get his attention, but was not successful.

The victim then told investigators that she was taken back to Arnold's home in Everton, and that other people were present and burning trash. She then says she was approached by a woman, identified as Amber Willis, who offered her anti-nausea medication.

The woman was then injected a fifth time by Donnie Willis before he raped her, according to the probable cause statement.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff Brad DeLay called the incident a "spider web of sex and drugs" while Lt. Chris Berry, the Detective Division Commander, said the investigation was disturbing.

"It's something we don't deal with very often," he said. "They may deal with it in the bigger cities every day but we don't. This is one of the worst crimes of this nature we've had in quite some time. It's very disturbing to me that people would treat each other like this."

According to DeLay, the woman was eventually left alone and an acquaintance took her to the hospital where she was treated. He said she was still obviously dealing with the mental trauma of the ordeal.

DeLay also said none of the accused are in custody as of Monday evening.

"We've been looking for them since Friday and have not been able to find them," Berry said.

One reason authorities are anxious to find the five are that all of them do have prior felony convictions.

"Some of them have an extensive criminal history," Berry said. "Even violent histories. Most of them are drug-related."

In the case of David Arnold, that includes involuntary manslaughter in 2000.

If you have any information about their whereabouts, you can contact the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Department at 417-466-2131.

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