Springfield man faces new charges accused of deliberately exposing women to HIV
A man from Springfield accused of deliberately exposing more women to HIV, appeared before a Greene County judge Friday to hear new charges.
Thursday Greene County prosecutors filed two new counts of knowingly trying to transmit the virus against Marcus Price, 36. A judge denied any bond on the new charges. He will remain in the Greene County Jail.
Price faced similar charges from back in February. One of his former co-workers told police she had sex with Price, but she said he did tell her he was HIV positive. Price was also charged with tampering with a witness after the woman he infected said Price offered to pay her money to not cooperate with his prosecution. Those charges led former sexual partners of Price to rush to get tested for the virus.
Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson says the new charges filed Thursday are for additional victims.
Price's attorney said in court Friday KY3's report Thursday was the first he had heard of the two additional charges.
The state also asked the judge to take away Price's option of getting out on bond, but that was denied.
Lynne Meyerkord is the executive director at AIDS Project of the Ozarks. She said Price's case was a wake up call for some people in the Ozarks to focus on their sexual health.
"Shortly after the initial charges were announced we probably within a very short period of time, probably three or four days, [we] probably tested 35 folks, which was significant," Meyerkord said.
In court Friday Price's lawyer said his client has received treatment and argues Price's HIV levels don't even register anymore.
In the new charging documents, medical records show Price tested positive as early as 2010, but Price claimed he didn't know until years later.
"We want to be available for people that have questions and that want to get tested and be a resource for that," said Meyerkord.
She said APO has been vocal throughout the process of Marcus Price's case to ensure people who came in contact with him know their options.
"Shortly after the case broke we went to different places where the individual had worked and different night clubs and establishments and said 'hey we're here and this is how you access our services" Meyerkord said. "I think that was the one positive."
APO offers HIV testing at their facility on Glenstone Ave. four days a week and at its downtown location two nights a week.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department also offers free testing. They are available for testing starting at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Harold K. Bengsch Building in the Springfield Government Plaza.