Prosecutors not pursuing charges against ES resident

Thursday, August 13, 2020

By Scott Loftis

A Eureka Springs resident who was arrested earlier this year and accused of filing a false police report will not face prosecution, at least for the time being.

Carroll County prosecuting attorney Tony Rogers said Thursday, Aug. 6, that charges against Jessica Porter had been “nol prossed.”

Nolle prosequi is a legal term meaning that prosecutors no longer intend to pursue charges against a defendant. It is not an acquittal, and prosecutors can decide to bring charges later.

Porter was arrested by a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Jan. 8. According to an affidavit, Porter told a deputy on Nov. 24, 2019, that an unknown male had attacked Porter with a hammer at the Statue Road Inn in Eureka Springs.

On Dec. 11, the affidavit says, Porter sent a photo of a man to an investigator and said the man was the person who committed the alleged assault.

Investigators looking into Porter’s allegations discovered that the man Porter identified had been in jail in another county since August.

An investigator then spoke with another witness who said Porter had texted a photo of the alleged assailant and instructed the witness to lie to investigators and say that the man in the photograph attacked Porter, the affidavit says.

Porter was arrested on charges of filing a false police report and tampering with an investigation.

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  • The "witness" is a meth addict with memory problems who has a tough time getting her disability because of it. She is the one who lied. I have an ER report on file from that night. Anyone who wants to see pictures of the assault from the guy who hit me with a hammer can come see me and I will show you proof. I still have a scar from the night that man attempted to murder me. He hit me with a hammer on the back of my ear on my skull on my left side. Believe what you want.

    -- Posted by Jporter on Wed, Aug 26, 2020, at 7:47 AM
  • It is unfortunate that neither of these stories were written without ever talking to me thru this whole series of events including when I had asked your paper for help because the Carroll County Sheriff's Office was not(and never did) go even attempt to apprehend a man who had just attempted to murder me. Like I said earlier, believe what you want. This whole thing has taken it out of me and it is now reflecting on my current health problems. I don't have the energy to keep fighting off your lies.

    -- Posted by Jporter on Wed, Aug 26, 2020, at 8:06 AM
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