Batesville Municipal Court 1/11/13

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 11, 2013

Bond reduction denied for defendant in kidnapping/robbery

By Emily D. Williams

Judge Jay Westfaul denied a bond request during Municipal Court for an alleged local gang leader, one of three men charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery of a woman on Goodhaven Road December 7.

George Mister Jr., also known as “Boone,” 2325 Henderson Rd., Batesville, was represented by attorney Joe Morgan Wilson. He requested a reduction of his $110,000 bond.

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Batesville Police Detective Jeremiah Brown told Judge Westfaul that Mister was arrested in a house on Panola Ave. on December 9 after felony warrants were issued and U.S. marshals were involved.

Brown described how the robbery victim had told authorities she heard a knock at the door December 7 and when she opened it she saw a white car and was hit in the head with a handgun. She was adamant about a double barrel shot gun that was put to her head, Brown said.

The victim told police she had been bound with wire and had her wallet stolen with $100 inside.

“Is this a known drug house?” asked the defendant’s attorney.

“We have heard talk of it,” Brown answered.

Brown said a witness placed Mister at the house.

After the victim reported the attack, police pursued the attackers’ vehicle which ran through several yards, finally wrecking in a ditch on Booker T. The defendants then fled the scene. Three were arrested later that day: Mister, Terrell T. Williams and Marcus Day, both of Indianapolis. 

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two other suspects, including the alleged driver of the vehicle, Joseph Davis. The suspects are thought to be in Indiana.

In the wrecked white Cadillac officers found a jacket that had the pockets cut out. Inside the jacket was a screw driver, various knives, a pipe wrench and drugs. A black and white bandana was used to cover the tag of the vehicle, Brown testified. In the trunk of the car shot gun shells were found.

Brown reported that a witness observed “Boone” throw something over a fence behind a house during the pursuit. A double barrel shot gun and 9 mm handgun were later recovered behind a house on Hoskins.

“He’s been locked up a month. He’s not going anywhere,” Wilson told the judge as he asked for the original bond to be reduced.

“Based on what I have heard, that seems to be a reasonable bond. If I had set the bond it would have been higher,” Westfaul replied.

Mister was referred to the grand jury.

Other cases
Dexter Thomas, 12919 Ballentine, Sardis, was referred to the grand jury for domestic violence-aggravated assault.

Christopher Hurst, 256 Eureka St., Batesville, paid his fines of $232 in full prior to court for public drunk.

Lindsey R. Dickman, 263 CR 1121 Booneville, had a case for possession of paraphernalia continued.

Latoya Fondren, 20 Earnestine Turner, Sardis, entered a not guilty plea to malicious mischief and disorderly conduct (interfering with a business).

Curtis Watters, 392 Tubbs Rd., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to domestic violence-simple assault. A trial was set for January 16.

Denzel Smith, 508 Sixth St., Lambert, was fined $1,503 for carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct-failure to comply and resisting arrest.

Smith wanted to explain to the judge that the weapon was a bb gun.

“It was a bb gun. I tried telling him when he arrested me,” Smith said quietly.

“Did it have an orange tip on the end?” Westfaul asked.

“No, sir, it was black,” Smith replied.

John Cotton Jr., 406 8th St., Lambert, entered a not guilty plea to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A trial was set for January 23.

Eric Booker, 289-D Ruby Rd., Courtland, entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct and was fined $315.

Patrick Wells, 605 Third St., Marks, entered a not guilty plea to disorderly conduct. A trial was set for Janaury 23.

Joseph Alred, 6809 Barnacre Rd., Batesville, entered a guilty plea to petit larceny. He was fined $335.

Kori Ratcliff, 261 Pine St., Pope, entered a not guilty plea to stalking affiant, Robert Rose. A trial was set for February 6.

The judge continued the case of Gary B. Sneed II, 1006 Hwy. 32 E, Houston, charged with DUI-other, driving while license suspended and open container.

Teresa G. Smith, 250 Bethel Rd., Enid, was released from Panola to Senatobia Police Department. She was charged with shoplifting. The case was continued.

Faith House, 104 Autumn, Batesville, was found guilty of disorderly conduct. She was fined $315.

Marrico Robinson, 30 Patton Lane, Batesville, was found guilty of open container and fined $314.

Chresha M. Brown, 212 McCain Rd., Batesville, was given the lower fine of $205 for no proof of insurance after she provided proof she purchased insurance after the ticket was issued.