City Court 9-28-12

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 28, 2012

Judge dismisses charges after brawl

By Emily Williams

Judge Bill McKenzie referred three defendants to the grand jury during Batesville Municipal Court held Wednesday.

Yasmine Hines, 203 Fisher St., Batesville, was referred to the grand jury for accessory before the fact (x2).

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Quinterrius Smith, 114 Ozbirn St., Batesville, was referred to the grand jury for accessory before the fact (x2). His bond was set at $5,000.

Jerry Johnson, 600 Bill Wallace Rd., was referred to the grand jury for burglary and grand larceny.

Michael D. McNeil, 1393 Watertown Lane, Memphis, had a charge for possession of paraphernalia remanded to the files. The Jackson Police Department picked him up before court because the vehicle he was driving when Officer John Miller pulled him over was a stolen vehicle from Jackson.

A trial was set for Ricky Keen, 201 Birch St., Batesville, and Andy Lee Hyland, 238 Dogwood Lane, Batesville, for petit larceny by walking away from Crawford’s Business Supply with a Canon Copier worth $60.

“We didn’t get the copier from Crawford’s. We got it out of Saverex Drugs,” Hyland said.

“Bring your proof with  you,” said McKenzie as he set their trial for October 31.

Antionette Smith, 221 Baker St., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to simple assault against Crystal House by hitting her with a jack iron on May 25 on Martin Luther King Dr.

“So nothing happened?” the judge asked Smith.

“Yea, we were fighting,” she replied.

“Is that okay?” asked McKenzie.

A trial was set for May 25.  She also had old fines of $489 that have been due since February 2012. She failed to begin the city’s work program.

The judge told her to have her fines paid in full by her court date or serve time in jail.

Rickey T. Redd, 105 Tubbs Rd., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to domestic violence-simple assault. A trial was set for October 10.

Calvin L. Jones, 3113 Seven Rd., Batesville, had a domestic violence-simple assault and malicious mischief case dismissed after the affiant, Tyronda Porter, failed to appear to prosecute.

Alexis Aceituno, 913 8th, Oxford, forfeited her bond of $1,085 prior to court for DUI-refusal and no driver’s license.

Devon B. Scott, 1897 Tocowa Rd., Courtland, entered a guilty plea to shoplifting Purina dog food worth $14.25 from Dollar General.

“Why are you stealing dog food?” the judge asked.

“I don’t have an answer,” he replied.

He entered the city’s work program in lieu of paying $1,133 in fines.

Jeffrey O. Shaw, 230 Dunson St., Crowder, entered a guilty plea to shoplifting from Wal-Mart. He was fined $1,133.

Shanketa Arnold, 425 Dewberry St., Sardis, entered a guilty plea to shoplifting children’s clothing and other items worth $46.44 from Burke’s. She was fined $1,133 due in 30 days or spend 90 days in jail.

Amelia Jackson, 229 Oakhurst Ave., Clarksdale, failed to appear to answer shoplifting charges. Al Williams was notified.

Cases set for trial

Latambrise Mosley, 200-D Leonard St., Batesville, had a case of simple assault (x3) dismissed.

Kimberly Taylor, 256 Greg Taylor Rd., Courtland, had two counts of simple assault dismissed.

Angela Brandon, 33 Randall Rd., Courtland, had a charge for simple assault dismissed.

Jasmine Brandon, had two counts of simple assault dismissed.

Demesha K. Hendrix, had two counts of simple assault dismissed.

The trial was set after Bobby Turner and Sheryl Chapman pressed charges on their children’s behalf after a pep rally on August 10 on the square that led to a fight at the South Panola field house.

Sheryl Chapman didn’t see the events but her daughter, Ashley Chapman, testified that the fight started over a photo of her and a boy that was posted on Facebook. She admitted to fighting with Eleric Brandon.

Destinie Brandon testified she was fighting Brittney Turner, the daughter of Bobby Turner.

Brittney Turner and Ashley Chapman both said they never saw Mosley, Taylor, Angela Brandon, Jasmine Brandon or Demesha K. Hendrix hit them, but that’s what others had told them.

The defendants, who were parents, said they were only trying to break the teenagers from fighting.

“It was a lot of college kids out there and (they were) drinking and boosting it up to get the girls to fight. They were acting like animals,” one mother testified.

The judge asked, “Do y’all just fight for entertainment?”

He ruled he was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that any of the defendants were more guilty than the other.

“Apparently this is for entertainment,” he said.


Derez Lashawn McGhee, 111 Cole Dr., Batesville, was fined $306 for no driver’s license.

Keith Wyatt, 119 Boyd St., Batesville, was fined $205 for no proof of insurance. He had a lower fine after showing he purchased insurance after the ticket was issued.

Corey K. Smith, 10450 Dummyline Rd., Batesville, was fined $165 for loud music.

Tiffany Mitchell, 3367 Benson Rd., Pope, was fined $205 for no proof of insurance.