Municiple Court

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 8, 2016

Man found guilty of three counts domestic violence

By Emily Williams
A man who was charged September of 2014 with aggravated assault for allegedly shooting a man in the leg during a robbery attempt at Westridge Apartments, returned to Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday facing more felony charges for allegedly possessing a Cobra 380 handgun.
Derrick Morning, 1229 Heafner Rd., Batesville, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, no driver’s license, failing to stop for blue lights and improper equipment, domestic violence-two counts and petit larceny and trespassing. The case was continued until May 4. Morning also has a hold.
During a case set for trial, officers were able to prove a man guilty of three counts of domestic violence after entering overwhelming evidence by not only photos of the affiant’s injuries but video footage from the officers’ body cameras proving their testimony to be true.
Timothy Bledsoe, 103 Sunrise Cove, Batesville, chose to remain silent during testimony.
He was charged with four counts of domestic violence on three different dates. Two of the charges were filed by the affiant, Iris Bledsoe, and the other two were filed by Officer J.P. Wallace and Officer Will Parrish.
Bledsoe was found not guilty of domestic violence in the November incident.
After video footage was viewed for the December 2 and February 1 incidents the judge ruled Bledsoe was guilty for three counts of domestic violence against his niece and wife.
The footage from February 1 showed overwhelming evidence of the officers arriving at the home and hearing screams from the inside.
The officers couldn’t get in the front door because it was locked as the footage showed them trying to get into the home.
The video showed Mrs. Bledsoe’s injuries and her niece’s injuries and Mr. Bledsoe screaming that he didn’t do anything wrong.
Judge McKenzie said he would rule on the case but would not sentence until April 20 after the defendant said he wanted to seek counsel. Third offense domestic violence is a felony.
James K. Parker, 114 Patterson St., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to obstructing a city street. A trial will be held April 13.
Whitney R. Bibbs, 201 Atkins, Sardis, entered a guilty plea to possession of marijuana in a vehicle and no seat belt. She was fined $718.
Kendrick P. Duncan, 589 Swayne Dr., Holly Springs, entered a guilty plea to possession of marijuana in a vehicle. He was fined $683.
Leon Ross Jr., 225 W. Vance St., Batesville, failed to appear to answer charges for simple possession of marijuana, driving while license suspended, failure to use a turn signal and no proof of insurance. Ross also failed to come to court last week.
Mandarius L. Armstead, 4238 Curtis Rd., Batesville, failed to appear to answer charges for false information, open container and speeding. He also has old fines of $443 that have been due since March 2015.
Jamie L. Jones, 218 Garson, Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to possession of paraphernalia, open container of Fireball liquor and careless driving. A trial was set.
Shawn Camp, 385 Hartzell Rd., Courtland, was reluctant to plea guilty to possession of paraphernalia, open container and improper equipment saying, the items were in his truck but weren’t his.
His plea changed when his grandfather walked up to the bench and said, “No judge, he needs to plead guilty.”
“It was in your truck! Next time Papaw isn’t going to come help you,” Camp’s grandfather said.
The judge looked at Camp, 18, and asked what he wanted to plea.
He entered a guilty plea and was fine d $865.
“If it’s in your vehicle, you are responsible for it,” the judge explained.
Jerry Ballard, 132 Field St., Batesville, entered a guilty plea to public drunk. He was fined $225.
Demond L. Lee, 226 Noble, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to DUI-first and no seatbelt. He was fined $814.
Terry Osborn, 232-B Perkins Lane, Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to stalking filed by affiant, LaShundrick Cosby. A trial was set for May 11.
Osborn also had a trespassing charge dismissed after the affiant, Petula Flowers failed to appear to prosecute.
Jerry King, 124 Main St., Courtland, entered a guilty plea to shoplifting spray worth $.2.48 from R&B Tobacco. He was fined $1,146.
He also had old fines of $770 due since January 2010. He was told to have the fines paid or serve 90 days in jail.
Santoria J. Porter, Rollins Dr., Batesville, had contempt of court-old fines of $1,146 due since March 2015. The judge told her to have her fines paid in full within two weeks or serve 90 days in jail.
Ashley Throgmorton, 204 Front St., Pope, had a case for DUI-other and careless driving continued at the request of her lawyer, Kirk Willingham.
Calvin Clark, 310 Arizona, Batesville, had a DUI second-refusal charge amended to to DUI-first and had a charge for leaving the scene of an accident remanded to the files after his attorney, Helen Kelly and the city’s prosecuting attorney came to an agreement. Clark was fined $799.
Clint Ware Jr., 2386 Anthony Rd., Pope, failed to appear to answer charges for possession of paraphernalia. 

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