Pampa man arrested for deadly conduct related to COVID-19
Jim Marcum was arrested Thursday, April 23 for deadly conduct related to violating COVID-19 quarantine orders.
In a statement to The Pampa News, county attorney Josh Seabourn said the case is under investigation and recommended everyone to continue to follow CDC guidelines:
“I can confirm that Jim Marcum was arrested on Thursday, April 23, 2020, for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of Deadly Conduct. As for his specific case, I cannot comment further on an open case.
“Speaking generally, I will say that our local law enforcement officials take all violations of Texas and Federal law seriously. That includes violations of Covid-19 quarantine orders which have been duly and properly ordered.
“I will also stress that I encourage everyone to continue to follow CDC guidelines and emergency orders as issued by the State, County, and City leadership.”
“I want to stress that I have no desire, nor any plans, to prosecute anyone for violating social distancing, mask orders, etc. I encourage following guidelines, but I don’t want to criminalize people’s own choices. Violating a quarantine order is a different animal entirely.”