Two referred to grand jury 9/5/2014

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 5, 2014

Two referred to grand jury

By Emily D. Williams

After a busy Labor Day weekend, the Wednesday session of Batesville Municipal Court was very short.

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Judge Bill McKenzie referred Raven Farmer, 1120 Carlisle Rd., Courtland, to the Grand Jury for aggravated assault by throwing hot water at affiant, Shelia Donner on August 26 while at Taco Bell.

Dwight Dickerson, 1512 Boxwood St., Memphis, had a case for felony false id-fraud bound over to the Grand Jury. Bond was set at $50,000.

Natosha R. Howard, 215 Noble St., Batesville, had a simple assault case withdrawn at the request of the affiant, Lakeisha Rudd.

Alantra Robinson, 511 Green Rd., Pope, was found guilty of running a stop sign after video evidence was entered by Officer Jon Horton.

After viewing the evidence she said, “Well I thought I stopped.”

She told the judge she was eating chicken nuggets from McDonalds.

“Next time you are eating get someone to drive you,” the judge said. 

She was fined $181. 

Eddie J. Hayes, 2228 Fields Rd., Tunica, had a trespassing case dismissed after testimony from Dr. Walter Hudson and Hayes.

Hudson said he owned property at 162 Main in Courtland and the property was under foreclosure. 

Hudson said he was trying to get the land cleaned and there were several vehicles still parked there. 

He said he had a towing company to take the vehicles off of the property.

Hayes told the judge his in-laws lived on the property but were deceased after a murder/suicide. 

Hayes said he had tools and other items on his truck that had been removed from the property in Courtland.

He said he only went to Hudson’s house to see about getting his truck back. 

He entered pictures into evidence.

This occurred August 18, 2013.

“Why is this just now coming through court?” McKenzie asked.

Hudson explained he filed the charges but it was not until recently that Hayes went through a road block and they notified him he had a warrant for trespassing. 

The police report read that Hayes was told to not return to the property on August 18 and since then he has not. 

Judge McKenzie explained that city court the charges have to be criminal.

“It starts as a civil realm that turns into a criminal realm. This court does have to try the criminal case,” he said.

McKenzie ruled it was a civil case and dismissed the trespassing charge.