Local man accused of infecting partner with HIV makes court appearance
STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. - Not guilty. David Mangum, 37, entered that plea in a Stoddard County, Missouri courtroom Thursday morning in a case that's making national headlines.
DEXTER, Mo. - A local man charged with exposing his partner to HIV made a short appearance in front of a Stoddard County, Missouri judge Thursday morning.
Prosecutors charged David Mangum, of Dexter, last week. Investigators believe he might have had unprotected sex with 50-60 people in Stoddard County alone and up to 300 in the region, without telling them he was HIV positive.
Mangum's former partner came to police after he tested positive for HIV in July.
Mangum entered a not guilty plea in court Thursday morning. The public defender also asked for a bond reduction, saying the original victim did not want to pursue charges.
The judge denied the bond reduction request, calling the case a public health issue. Stoddard County Prosecutor Russell Oliver says other similar charges are pending.
Local 6's Kendall Downing was in the courtroom, and he'll have more details on this case, which is drawing national attention, on Local 6 at 6.