City Court 5-4-12

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 4, 2012

Defendant’s plea: stutters naturally, eyes are normally red

By Emily Williams

During a case set for trial in Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday, Judge Bill McKenzie found a man guilty of public drunk despite his testimony that he always had red eyes and stuttered.

Larry Sanford, 25 Ruby Rd., Courtland, was fined $204 for public drunk after a short trial.
Officer Ruby Myers and Officer Jeremy Hailey testified they were dispatched to a call at 1:19 a.m. on March 31 about a man knocking on doors at the Country Village Apartments.

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Myers and Hailey said they smelled alcohol on the defendant and he was unsteady on his feet when they spoke to Sanford and he showed signs of drinking.

He was on Leonard Street walking toward Patton Lane when the officers arrived.

“He admitted he had been drinking,” Myers testified.

Sanford told the judge, “I was out walking. It wasn’t no 1 a.m. It was around 11 p.m.”

“My eyes are red now and I’m stuttering now,” said Sanford.

 “I had on all blue. It was after those boys were killed. I wear blue and red, I wear any color,” Sanford added.

The judge read over the report.

“It says here that dispatch was called after 1 a.m.,” the judge said.

“I believe the case has been proven guilty. If you drink stay at the house and don’t walk the streets,” said McKenzie.

April Rook, Broadway, Batesville, was given time served for the eight days she spent in jail for public drunk.

After spending two years in Parchman, Marvin Brownlee, 107 Vance, Batesville, was back in Batesville Municipal Court for public drunk at the Tri-Lakes Emergency Room on April 25.

The judge asked him how long he had been out of the penitentiary and how many days he had served in jail.

“Eight days, sir,” Brownlee replied.

“So you got out of prison for one week and you are drinking again?” McKenzie asked.

“What did you do about drinking while you were in prison?” the judge asked.

“I didn’t drink at all,” Brownlee replied.
Brownlee was given time served for the eight days he spent in jail.

“Good luck is all I can say, Mr. Brownlee,” McKenzie said.

Glenn Garrett, 30380 Little Coontail, Aberdeen, paid his cash fine of $204 in full prior to court for public drunk.

A trial was set for May 30 after Tabitha Doering, 62 Duke Rd., Pope, entered a not guilty plea to simple assault against affiant, Hollie Doering.

LaJarva Echols, 703 Greenhill Circle, Sardis, entered a not guilty plea to simple assault against Andrea Smith on April 19 at Taco Bell.
A trial was set for May 30.

Amanda Roberts, 343 CR 605, Oakland, had a case continued for public drunk, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct-failure to comply and malicious mischief.

Clyde Adams, 106 Goodhaven, Batesville, was fined $624 for disorderly conduct-failure to comply.
Denorris Carter, 155 MLK, Batesville, paid fines of $514 in full prior to court. The fines have been due since September 2003.

Cases set for trial

Brandon Brewer, 1263 Shuford, Courtland, was fined $1,140 for DUI and driving while license suspended. A plea agreement was made between the city’s prosecuting attorney, Bob Morris, and the defendant’s attorney, Kirk Willingham, to drop the reckless driving charge.

Reuben Corley, 138 Greenbriar, Batesville, was found guilty and fined $395 for domestic violence-simple assault.

Jacambria Marshall, 3074 Henderson Rd., Batesville, was found not guilty of domestic violence-simple assault. She was represented by attorney Kirk Willingham.


Shaquille R. Ladd, 211 Tubbs Rd., Batesville, was fined $295 for no proof of insurance and expired tag.
Randy Curtis, P.O. Box 82, Crowder, was fined $370 for driving while license suspended and switched tag.