New Information on Sigman and Tomaszewski’s Motion Hearing


TEXAS Co. KOLR10 has new information in the case of a former sheriff and former deputy in Texas County.

James Sigman and Jennifer Tomaszewski both face charges including assault, endangering the welfare of a child and impersonating an officer.

According to prosecutors, Sigman let Tomaszewski acted as a deputy when she wasn’t authorized to.

Friday, former Texas County Sheriff James Sigman and one of his former deputies were in court for motion hearings.

A main topic of interest was a nine-hour-long video cut down to just a few minutes to present to the court.  

In the video, Missouri state highway patrol investigators comb the Texas County jail for any evidence that could confirm the allegations that Tomaszewski assaulted an inmate and the sheriff allowed her to work as an officer before she was commissioned.

One of the investigators appears to leave the office with a folder.

“But we watch the video and see exactly what it is she does with this folder, it’s my belief that she and her attorney want this information so that she can tailor her testimony to what she sees and observes on the video,” said Jason Coatney, defense attorney, “I don’t think she ought to be afforded that.”

“Right now, the video is what they said spliced, but it really misses a lot of stuff being claimed, and they’re claiming a bunch of bad actions taken place but the video doesn’t show those actions, it actually jumps in time and you can see that somebody’s been in there, moving around, doing things and they’re claiming that she took a file, well, you don’t know what file she took because they spliced everything and they edited that part out,” said Don Trotter, Lawrence County prosecutor.

There was also a new charge that was added on Friday that was initially missed.

Forgery for obliterating a jail record and concealing the child that was in the jail.

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