RAY COUNTY, Mo. — An Odessa man was appointed a public defender at a hearing in Ray County Tuesday morning.

Russell Chittim, 24, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, forgery and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked or suspended.

Chittim was arrested after failing to return a car to its owner after he did mechanical work on it.

The court scheduled a peremptory docket hearing for August 13.