‘Blue woman robber’ tells judge he?s got the wrong person
By Emily Williams
Four suspects charged with the robbery of Rascals Fastlane located on Highway 6 West and Woodland on Halloween night, had a preliminary hearing on charges of armed robbery during Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday.
Judge Bill McKenzie explained that this was just a "probable cause" hearing and the case would be referred to the grand jury.
John Lowry and Marcus Lester, both of 260 Broken Oak Rd., Brandon, Heather Cox of 1234 Mudline Rd., Enid and Mark Trotter of 136 Archer Avenue, Jackson, were all charged with taking a cash drawer from Rascals #20 with $628.13 worth of cash in it by the use of a knife, and then fleeing the scene.
Cox, who witnesses said was dressed in blue jeans and a blue bra and was covered with blue paint that night, was the alleged woman with the knife. Her three male accomplices waited in the truck, they said.
Cox told Judge McKenzie she was the victim of mistaken identity.
"It was Larry Hines dressed as a female," she said.
Detective Paul Shivers testified that the victim at the convenient store had identified Cox as the one with the knife.
All three male defendants told Judge McKenzie that they were asleep the entire time of the incident.
After Judge McKenzie determined that all of the defendants were "flight risks," he rejected their requests for a lower bond. The bonds for Lowry, Lester and Trotter are set at $30,000; Cox’s bond is $50,000.
Keyandrick Jones of 209-C Lester, Batesville, had a grand larceny and armed robbery case continued. He was told to report back with a lawyer.
Shermain Clemons of 901 Herron Rd., Courtland, was bound over to the grand jury for attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Larry Jones of Williams St., Batesville, was bound over to the grand jury for aggravated assault.
Michael Brassell of 166 Fudgetown Rd., Sardis, was bound over to the grand jury on charges of carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, no driver’s license and expired tag.
Margaret Crawford 5963 Hwy. 51, Oxford, was bound over to the grand jury for false I.D. and fraudulently obtaining goods.
Anthonie Henderson of 818 Bethlehem, Batesville, was bound over to the grand jury for possession of marijuana with intent, obstructing city street, resisting arrest and no proof of insurance.
Contempt of court
Reginald Henderson of 112 Williams St., Batesville, was enrolled in the city’s work release program for 128 days in lieu of paying old fines of $4,310 that have been due since July of 2002. He has 11 months of jail time to serve if he does not complete the work program.
The city’s work release program is an option for defendants who cannot pay their fines.
Eddie L. Fondren of 311 Greenbriar Circle, Courtland, failed to appear for contempt of court charges from old fines of $435 that have been due since May 2005. Alright Bonding Company was notified.
Prior to court Demetric Williams of 455 N. Liberty Hill Rd., Como, paid his fines of $459, due since June 2003.
William Doyle of 990 Heafner Rd., Batesville, paid his old fines of $536 prior to court.
Bobby Johnson of 522 Gleaton, Batesville, was sentenced to 26 days in jail for old fines of $459 that have been due since May 2005.
Michael/Maurice Ballentine of 201 Clairmont, Sardis, failed to appear to answer charges of shoplifting (second offense) and contempt of court-old fines of $780, due since July 2005. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Sherria Jefferson of 504 Womack St., Lambert, entered a guilty plea to taking a Lee brand tank top worth $5.35 from Vanity Fair. She was fined $610.
Possession of paraphernalia
Beverly Fondren of #1 Lester St., Batesville, entered a guilty plea for possession of paraphernalia. She was fined $304.
Daniel Chagala of 200 Hwy. 51 North, Batesville, was charged with disturbing the peace. He paid his fine of $265 prior to court.
Robert Holland of 239 Pund Rd., Batesville, entered a guilty plea to possession of paraphernailia at the Skyline Motel. He was fined $304.
Terry L. Griffin of 2561 Hwy. 322, Batesville, also entered a guilty plea to possession of paraphernalia at Skyline Motel. He was fined $304.
Rannie Young of 200-D Leonard, Batesville, was fined $857 for DUI and careless driving.
Kristopher Rogers of 168 Dina Lane, Sardis, entered a not guilty plea to DUI and careless driving. He was given until November 23 to come back with a lawyer. A trial date will be set at that time.
Galon Shorter of 701 S. Pocohontas, Sardis, failed to appear to defend a DUI-refusal charge. Officer Kenny Pittman was present to give his opinion that Shorter was intoxicated and he was found guilty. He was fined $726.
Justin Person of 35 CR 317, Oxford, failed to appear to defend a DUI (other) charge. Detective George Williford testified that Person was intoxicated by some kind of substance and he was found guilty. He was fined $1,188.
Richard Pinkston entered a not guilty plea to simple assault. He was charged with threatening Michael Kimzey with a box cutter at Maggie T’s.
Michael Kimzey entered a not guilty plea to petit larceny. He was charged with taking Richard Pinkston’s keys at Maggie T’s. A trial date was set for November 30.
Angela Wright of 523 Pope-Water Valley Road, Pope, entered a guilty plea to fighting at South Panola High School and was fined $265.
Eddie Henderson of 103 Patton Lane, Batesville, was fined $435 for disorderly conduct-failure to comply and public drunk.
Willie James Watson of 2100 Shiloh Rd., Courtland, had a lower fine of $183 imposed after providing valid proof he had gotten insurance after the ticket.
Ricky Ferrell of 102 Greenbriar Circle, Courtland, was fined $178 for driving while his license was suspended. The lower fine was imposed because he had gotten his driver’s license reinstated before he came to court.
George E. Ford of 855 Wells Ext., Courtland, was fined $356 for driving while license suspended.
James A. Searcy of 2438 Ellis Rd., Brookhaven, had a lower fine of $183 imposed after showing proof of insurance after the ticket was issued.