Armed robbery suspect bound over to grand jury
By Emily Williams
A probable cause hearing was held in Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday for a defendant who alledgedly committed armed robbery at Shell Gas Garden.
Clifton K. Thomas, 766 Dandridge, Senatobia, was bound over to the grand jury for armed robbery after Judge Bill McKenzie found probable cause.
Detective Paul Shivers said Thomas was arrested Friday, June 5, around 8:45 a.m. after a tip from a concerned citizen.
Shivers said the defendant entered the gas station about 5 a.m. with a black handgun and clothing pulled over his face.
Thomas was out on a felony bond when he was arrested in Batesville. He faces aggravated assault charges in Tate County and robbery charges that were reduced to petit larceny in DeSoto County.
Thomas told the judge he was in the neighborhood with his “baby mama” when they got into an argument.
“She put me out of the car,” he said.
Jimmy Elliott, 509 Deer Creek, Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to DUI-second (refusal) and driving while license suspended.
A trial was set for August 5.
Ashley Ann Robison, 212 North St., entered a not guilty plea to DUI.
“The officer told me to plea not guilty,” she told the judge.
“That doesn’t make sense,” he replied.
A trial was set for July 8.
Whitney Malone, 1321 Bell, Athens, Tenn., entered the city work program for 30 days in lieu of paying $1,865 for DUI-second, driving while license suspended and obstructing a public roadway and disorderly conduct-failure to comply.
Ashley Robinson, 112 Hemlock, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to DUI-first and driving while license suspended.
The judge dismissed charges of open container and following too closely.
Fredrick Clark, 112 Lawson, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to domestic violence-simple. He was fined $383.
Leslie Clark, 1844 Morrow Rd., Courtland, had domestic violence-simple and malicious mischief charges dismissed after the affiant Marlon Clark failed to appear to prosecute.
Demario Henderson, 206 Tubbs Rd., Batesville, entered the city work program in lieu of paying $383 for domestic violence-simple.
Lakeisha Rudd, 215 Noble St., Batesville, had a trial set for June 3 for domestic violence-simple assault.
Courtney Strong, 206 Tubbs Rd., Batesville, entered a guilty plea to domestic violence-simple. She was fined $383.
Jeffery Robinson, 215 MLK, Batesville, had domestic violence-simple charge dismissed after the affiant failed to appear to prosecute.
He was also sentenced to six months in jail for old fines of $2,075 that have been due since March 2006. Robinson told the judge he was already facing 12 years in the penitentiary.
Kentrell Wiley, 667 Bethlehem, Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to domestic violence-simple.
He also had old fines of $3,279 that have been due since July 2007.
Wiley told the judge he was not guilty of the domestic violence.
The judge pulled a picture of the victim out of the file and showed it to the defendant.
“You didn’t do this?” the judge asked.
The judge set a trial for July 8 and told Wiley he could be released from jail once he paid his fines.
Before court was over, Wiley’s family asked what they needed to do to get him out of jail and the affiant withdrew the domestic violence charges.
Lakeisha Rudd, 215 Noble St., Batesville, had a trial set for July 29 for simple assault. She was fined $383 for domestic violence and $293 for disorderly conduct. She had old fines of $1,676 and new fines for no seat belt, driving while license suspended, expired tag and no proof of insurance.
Contempt of court
Marcus House, 306 Arizona, Batesville, entered the city work program for 11 days to satisfy old fines of $542 that have been due since October 2008.
Stephanie Lang, 5503 Dummy Line, Batesville, had a contempt of court case continued.
She had old fines of $537 that have been due since June 2008.
Lorenzo Ward, 228 Perkins, Batesville, had a trial set for July 1 for disorderly conduct-failure to comply.
He also had old fines of $383 that have been due since February.
David Casey, 411 1/2 Armstrong, Batesville, had old fines of $634 that have been due since December 2008.
He told the judge he could have them paid by the end of the month.
David Bailey III, 4604 Springport, Sardis, entered the city work program for 18 days to satisfy old fines of $921 that have been due since August 2008.
Bedford Walton Jr., 517 Harmon Rd., Batesville, paid his old fines of $1,058 in full prior to court.
Latasha Wallace, 206 Draper, Batesville, had a simple assault case dismissed after the affiant Truman Johnson failed to appear.
Teresa Rudd, 201 Noble St., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to simple assault against Shashana Bishop. A trial was set for July 29.
After a short trial the judge read a minor in possession of alcohol statute to the defendants and their parents.
“Any person under the age of 21 who purchases, receives or has in their possession alcohol shall be guilty of a misdemeanor,” he read.
“It’s pretty simple language,” the judge said after finding the three defendants guilty of MIP citations written by Officer Nickels.
Kenzie Reed, 205 Broad St., Batesville and Kelsey Havens, 218-A Pollard, Batesville, were both fined $113 for the citations.
Dillon Hood, 4367-A Old Panola, Batesville, opted to work on the city’s work release program for two days in lieu of paying the fines.
Thomas Karston, 179 Lafferty, Batesville, was the driver of the vehicle that was pulled over.
His case was continued and he will be represented by Attorney Kirk Willingham for DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a tint violation.
Clinton Sartin, 100 Latitia St., Batesville, failed to appear to answer a public drunk charge.
Mark Milam, 3163 Sardis Lake, Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to petit larceny. A trial was set for a later date.
Billy Boone, 483 Hwy. 6 West, Batesville, was found guilty of disorderly conduct of a business and resisting arrest. No fine was imposed.
Tarekmuhammond Adieh, 209 Elm, Batesville, had a trial heard in his absence for no tag, no helmet, no seat belt and improper equipment. He was found guilty and fined $555.
Latasha Thomas, 10776 Hwy. 51 South, Batesville, had a failure to signal case dismissed.
Keith Thomas, Greenhill Circle, Courtland, was found guilty of disorderly conduct. No fine was imposed.
Bennie Irby Jr., 102 Lawson St., Batesville, was fined $189 for leaving the scene of an accident.