Judge revokes Lockhart men’s bond

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2011

There will be no getting out of jail for the two men accused of operating a meth lab out of their Lockhart home last week.

District Attorney Walt Merrell said Chester Clyde McKinley, 60, and Phillip Patrick McKinley, 23, were out on bond for distribution of a controlled substance charges from an earlier arrest, when they were arrested last Friday on a host of new drug charges, including manufacturing and chemical endangerment of a child.

On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Charles A. “Lex” Short revoked the men’s bonds following a motion requesting revocation from the DA’s office, Merrell said.

“Quite frankly, I am tired of this cycle of ignorance,” Merrell said. “For some reason, people fail to understand that we are serious about drug enforcement and prosecution; therefore, we are going to step up our efforts with the hope that they get the message. We intend to put both these men in prison.”

Also arrested at the home were Chester “Chet” McKinley Jr., 27; Kayla Sorrells, 21; and Terrie Owens, 44, on charges of first-degree manufacturing, chemical endangerment of a child; possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance – all of whom, with the exception of Sorrells, remain in the county jail under a $570,000 bond.