James McLaws

McLaws

(COURTESY CASSIA COUNTY JAIL)

BURLEY • The lawyer for the boyfriend of a missing Burley woman did not show up to his client’s hearing for the second time.

David Haley previously failed to show up to a late July hearing for James McLaws, 33, for an unrelated probation violation arraignment.

At Tuesday’s hearing at the Cassia County Magistrate Court, the lawyer again was not present.

McLaws’ hearing was moved to Jan. 12.

A number listed for Haley’s office was not in service Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor McCord Larsen said he did not know why Haley wasn’t in court to represent McLaws.

McLaws was dating Tiffani Streling when she went missing in May. He was originally scheduled to appear in court in Burley for unrelated drug charges in July. Instead, the 33-year-old took off his ankle monitor and fled to Twin Falls.

There, deputies said he was swerving in a 1984 Chevy pickup and that he jumped out of the vehicle while it was still running. The truck hit another vehicle, deputies said.

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After failing field sobriety tests, McLaws admitted to using marijuana and meth, a police report said.

He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence, eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of paraphernalia and failure to carry proof of insurance.

McLaws will face those charges before returning to Burley.

The 33-year-old accepted a plea agreement and will be sentenced Dec. 8 at the Twin Falls County Magistrate Court for eluding a police officer and for failing to notify upon striking an unattended vehicle.

He will also face a jury trial for possession of a controlled substance, a felony, at the Twin Falls County District Court on Dec. 29.

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