Reports – 2/16/2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 16, 2007

The Panolian: COUNTY REPORTS – February 16, 2007 From the 02/16/07 issue of The Panolian    

Court Report
Judge finds ‘kidnapper’ guilty of simple assault
By Emily Williams
and Billy Davis

Judge Bill McKenzie found a Batesville man guilty of domestic violence-simple during Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday.

Officer Gray Nickel with the Batesville Police Department told Judge McKenzie he responded to a call about a kidnapping.

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The alleged victim "wrote a letter to someone to call the police," Nickel testified. "She said when she tried to leave, he (the defendant, Roy Williams, 110 Martin Luther King Dr., Batesville) would hit her and locked the door," said the officer.

Williams told the judge he wanted to remain silent, but he failed to do so.

"I was stabbed by this woman and nothing was done to her," Williams said.

The judge asked the officer about Williams being stabbed.

"I was unaware that he had been stabbed," said Nickel.

"Stay away from each other," the judge said to Williams. He was fined $355 on the assault charge.

Williams was already serving a 53 day sentence for contempt of court.

He also had a simple assault charge dismissed after the affiant Carolyn Stokes failed to appear to prosecute.

Cases set for trial
Jerry Johnson, 111 Boyle St., Batesville, entered a guilty plea to domestic violence-simple assault charge.

His wife, Rose Mary Chandler, testified that he got in her car on Christmas Eve and pulled her hair.

"I just asked her to let me spend Christmas with my kids. She said she wouldn’t let me see my kids and that she was putting my friend in my bed," Johnson said.

He was fined $355.

Romney Tucker, 4554 Mt. Olivet Rd., Batesville, was fined $462 for no driver’s license and reckless driving.

Malcolm Arnold III, 149 Richardson, Louisville, had a domestic violence-simple assault case continued.

Because the police officer was unavailable to testify in the case, Bobby Kidder, 107 Keating Rd., had his trial continued. He is charged with DUI-refusal, open container, fleeing, possession of marijuana in a vehicle, possession of paraphernalia and cross double yellow line.

He also had new charges of driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance and expired tag.

The judge told his lawyer to set an exact date for the trial and that this was the last continuance.

Domestic violence
Shannon Bishop, 211 Vance St., Batesville, paid a fine of $355 in full prior to court for domestic violence-simple assault.

Courtney Jones, 211 Vance St., Batesville, was fined $355 for domestic violence-simple assault.

"I didn’t hit her until she tried to run me over with the car!" said Jones.

Christopher Camp, 208 Deaton St., Batesville, entered a "not guilty" plea to domestic violence-simple assault. A trial will be heard February 28.

Simple assault
Stephan Davis, 106 Maple Lane, Batesville, had a simple assault case continued because the affiant was not notified.

Public drunk
Marvin Brownlee, 107 Vance St., Batesville, was sentenced to the time he served in jail awaiting trial on a public drunk charge. Brownlee was in jail five days.

Jason Kitchekeg, 220 West, Batesville, failed to appear to answer charges of disorderly conduct, expired tag, driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance and contempt of court-old fines of $1,293 that have been due since November.

His total fines are $2,681.

Daniel Burns, 614 Carlisle Rd., Courtland, had old fines of $1,596 that have been due since November 2006.

He was also being held for armed robbery.

"If you can make bond, you can pay your old fines," the judge said.

The judge told the defendant he couldn’t be released from jail until he paid his old fines.

Al Chester Davis, 206 Tubbs Rd., Batesville, paid a fine of $348 in full prior to court for contempt of court old fines that have been due since August 2066.

Narvel L. McGhee, 264 Chapman Rd., Batesville, was fined $297 for speeding and no proof of insurance. The no proof of insurance fine was lowered after he provided proof he received insurance after the ticket was issued.

Joanne H. Millbrooks, 60 Graham Rd., Sardis, had a no proof of insurance charge continued.

Annie Blackburn, 107 Martin Luther King Apt. 5-H, Batesville, was fined $583 for no proof of insurance.

Michael S. Sergent, 519 Perkins St., Crowder, had a lower fine of $183 imposed for no proof of insurance.

In a case moved from Batesville City Court and heard in Panola Justice Court Tuesday, five men were fined $259 each and agreed to restitution and community service for destroying Christmas decorations in Batesville in December.

Judge Willie E. "Bill" Joiner heard the case against defendants Patrick Ellis, 18; Pittman Harrison, 18; Harrison Nickle, 19; Forrest Wilbanks, 19 and Nathaniel Abernathy, 18, after Batesville Municipal Judge Bill McKenzie recused himself and moved the case to justice court.

The five faced charges related to vandalism which occurred from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17 and which was estimated to have destroyed $2,104.89 worth of Christmas decorations. County attorney C. Gaines Baker presented a plea agreement after conferring with homeowners Tony and Cindy Jones and Ronnie and Shira Moudy, the defendants and their parents.

Jones, Batesville’s deputy police chief who will become chief on March 1, contacted The Panolian after his home was vandalized and publicly sought information about the crime. He was the only homeowner to press charges.

"Some of you have been before me already on similar charges," Joiner told the defendants. "I’m not worried about you paying the fine. What I’m worried about is you boys growing up."

Regarding the community service, Baker said the five men would be put to work picking up trash, or performing some similar task, by the Panola County Sheriff’s Department.

"I want them to work a full eight hours and five straight days," Joiner told the county attorney.

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