Illness delays sentencing in Kingman
Meyer leaves courthouse on stretcher
KINGMAN - A sentencing hearing was postponed in Mohave Superior Court Friday after the defendant was taken away on a stretcher.
William Michael Meyer, 27, pleaded guilty last month in connection with a "dirty house" case in which he and his wife, 27-year-old Jessica Meyer, were charged with child abuse. Jessica pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement with the state and was sentenced to three years probation.
Her husband was set to receive the same sentence Friday when he complained of chest pains just before his hearing was set to begin before Judge Steven Conn. After the hearing was rescheduled for next month, Meyer went into the hallway and sat on a couch, where he looked pale and continued clutching his chest.
Paramedics arrived at the courthouse and ended up taking him to the hospital.
The Meyers were arrested last May after an investigation led police to their home. In their report, Kingman Police officers said they found the house to be in deplorable condition. Among other things, they noted that the kitchen sink was filled with dirty, moldy dishes and that there were several dead rodents and part of a snake covered with mold in the sink. Several guns were also found, including a loaded rifle three feet off the floor within a child's reach.
The Meyers three children were 2 and 3 at the time. A fourth child was born last fall. The children were removed from the Meyers' custody but it is not clear if they've been returned to their parents care. Child Protective Services does not comment on such cases and there were no notations about the children's status in court documents.