| Petit larceny charge dismissed after judge determines reasonable doubt in case
By Emily Darby
In a session of Batesville Municipal Court on Wednesday, Judge Pro Tempore Jay Westfaul dismissed a case of petit larceny due to what he termed "reasonable doubt."
Marvin T. Smith, 6090 Staford, Southaven, was charged with stealing a gun from Herman Smith after the two had been "riding around and drinking beer."
Herman Smith accused Marvin T. Smith of stealing the gun after they stopped at Earl’s Quick Stop to get another six pack of beer.
"It just disturbs me that two intoxicated men were out riding around with a gun," said Judge Westfaul.
After hearing both sides, Judge Westfaul dismissed the case due to reasonable doubt that the crime was committed.
"Both were impaired, the gun could be anywhere," said Judge Westfaul.
In another petit larceny case, Kaneisha Cauthen of 231 Van Voris St., Batesville, was charged with stealing gas from Jiffy #3. The charge was dismissed after the affiant, Tabitha Thornton of Mr. Jimmy #3, failed to appear in court to prosecute the case.
Timeka Johnson of 222 M. Flowers Rd., Batesville, paid a fine of $295 prior to court for a charge of petit larceny.
Another case was dismissed due to affiant Robbie Taylor failing to appear to prosecute Christopher Ellis of 113 Clinton St., Batesville, for simple assault.
Annie Blackburn of 104 Patton Lane, Batesville, had a case of public drunk continued for trial after she pleaded not guilty.
Sayra Davis of 3910 Stateline Rd., Southaven, was issued a warrant for arrest after failing to appear for a charge of open container.
Roy Ferrell of 21-A Scott Rd., Batesville, pled guilty to a charge of shoplifting. He was fined $595.
Jerry Paten of 11 CR, Oxford, had his case of domestic violence and no driver’s license continued after a trial.
Jonathan Dunnigan of 112 Eureka Apt. 14, Batesville, had a trial date set for July 13 on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct (failure to comply).
Randy Lee of 205-A Bright St., Batesville, pled guilty to DUI (second), driving while license suspended (implied consent) and improper tag display. He was sentenced 10 days in jail and fined $2,017. Judge Westfaul told Lee he could serve his jail sentence on weekends so it wouldn’t interfere with his job.
Tamesia Thornton of Batesville pled guilty to a simple assault charge and was fined $255.
Contempt of court
Tommy Shegog of 578 Teasdale Rd., Pope, was found guilty of contempt of court for failure to pay fines of $2,378 dating back to August of 2001. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Sylvester Kuykendall of 4051 Eureka Rd., Batesville, was also sentenced to 60 days in jail for unpaid fines of $2,010 dating back to June of 2004.
Jacqueline Smith of 108-C Bradford St., Batesville, paid a fine of $1,687 prior to court. She was charged with contempt of court, driving while her license is suspended and no insurance.
Lacey Corley of 1105-C Hawkins Rd., Courtland, had a case of contempt of court continued for one week.
Christopher Suggs of Enid failed to appear for unpaid fines dating back to April of 2001. Alright Bonding was notified.
Jessica Jones of Sardis was found guilty of stalking Mickie Jones of Courtland.
Mickie Jones stated that Jessica Jones had been to her place of work, Smart Styles at Wal-Mart, on several different occasions.
Jessica Jones was ordered to pay a fine of $595 and to stay away from Mickie Jones.
Mark B. Milam of 906 Jeff Sanders Rd., Batesville, was fined $514 for driving while license suspended and no tag.
Paula Fields of 84-F Azzie Lee Rd., Courtland, was fined $340 for driving while license suspended.
Jacqueline R. Smith of 108-C Bradford St., Batesville, was fined $1,395 for driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance.
Gregory McGhee of 1873 Avant Rd., Crenshaw, was fined $155 for no proof of insurance. His fine was reduced after he provided proof that his vehicle is insured.
Courtney Hudson of 7753 Hwy. 6 West, Batesville, pleaded guilty to speeding and was enrolled in the young drivers’ school. She was also fined $106.
Timothy Paul Prejean of 109 Trianon, Batesville, was charged with expired tag and no insurance. He presented a valid tag and proof of insurance so his fine was reduced to $155.