rls’ daughter, Denise, and two of her relatives have publicly accused Earls of molesting them as children.
Edmondson said today the judge acted appropriately in accepting the plea and the district attorney had limited resources in reaching the agreement.
Edmondson said the grand jury considered Earls’ two prior felonies. On the new charges, he could face 20 years to life imprisonment.
Earls made an initial court appearance today and bail was set at $400,000. Court Clerk Cindy Eller said he was found indigent and will qualify for a public defender. A judge will be assigned to the case and a preliminary hearing set.
The grand jury’s work began Monday with testimony from the children’s mother and grandmother, and investigators. In the locked courtroom, the jurors also watched video in which the children were questioned.