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April 12th, 2011
The April term of Clay County Circuit Court entered week two Monday, and a grand jury was selected to make decisions on felony cases that are scheduled for trial this last week of court.
One case is that of 43-year-old Timothy Roberson, who is charged with being an accessory to the murder of Roosevelt Pernell that was allegedly committed by Robert Rupert, who is also scheduled for trial this week. Roberson allegedly hid the firearm on or about Dec. 4, 2003 that Rupert allegedly used to kill Pernell, trying to avoid arrest, trial and conviction.
41-year-old Cody Carter of West Point was struck early Saturday morning by a vehicle that failed to come to a stop after striking Carter.
The incident happened on East Morrow Street where Carter was found in the middle of the road by West Point police officers, who reported seeing no blood on Carter when they arrived on scene. Corporal Cleve Carroll stated that Carter was moving and talking when he approached him, but Carroll didn't see any open wounds on Carter, who was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle soon after emergency crews arrived.
Test scores are up. Dropout rates are down. So why is the job vacancy for superintendent of West Point schools about to become a hard sell for potential candidates?
Because one local group of â€śconcerned citizensâ€ť is threatening action if its demands are not met. And what are they demanding? Are they pleading for fairness in the hiring process?
They would say yes, but their actions say no. Are they asking for the school district to hire the most qualified candidate? Again, the answer is no.
Time to get outside this spring and soak up the sun with family and friends while listening to the sweets sounds of music from local musicians during the West Point/Clay County Arts Councilâ€™s free Sunday concert series.
The free concerts will be held at Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point being April 17 at 3 p.m.
29-year-old Steven McBrayer, who is on probation for aggravated assault, requested to have his $45,667.13 restitution fine reduced Tuesday in Clay County Circuit Court due to his inability to make the high monthly payments.
The Clay County Circuit Court April term begins Monday with many cases to be heard during the term, including multiple drug charge cases, burglary cases, aggravated assault cases and the case of Robert Rupert, who is accused of killing Roosevelt Pernell and shooting Cedric Pernell.
The following cases will be heard in Clay County Circuit Court on Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 6:
â€˘ State v. Travis Weatherspoon, who is charged with domestic violence and burglary of a dwelling
â€˘ State v. Latrai Spraggins, who is charged with statutory rape
An attempt by owners of Paradise Isle Internet Cafe of West Point to retrieve computer equipment that was confiscated from the cafe failed Tuesday after the Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Clay County Circuit Court.
On Sept. 12, 2007, the Mississippi Gaming Commissions seized 39 computer terminals, a computer server and a point-of-sale system that agents believed to be illegal gaming devices. The State charged Ronnie Moore and Jeff Moore in connection with the internet cafe and the computers, which the State believed were actually slot machines.
One count of the indictment of Robert Rupert, who is charged with capital murder, aggravated assault and murder, may be dismissed due to rights violations and time conflicts, as the April Clay County Circuit Court term approaches.
Rupert is charged with one count of capital murder for allegedly killing Roosevelt Pernell on or around Dec. 4, 2003 and is charged with one count of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting Cedric Pernell around the same time. The third count, which is in question, is a charge from the July 24, 1994 murder of Carlos Carr that Rupert allegedly committed.
Edward N. Houston, Jr.
Linda F. Hannah
Paige Dendy Lamkin
Melissa Bobo Calvert
Robert D. "Bob" Harrell, Jr.
Alvin Carter, Jr.
Angela Turner Lairy
Supervisor, District 1
Supervisor, District 2
Luke Lummus (i)
Supervisor, District 3
R.B. Davis (i)
William Lee Pollard
Richard Deanes, Jr.
Supervisor, District 4
Shelton Deanes (i)
Willie E. Pierce
On Monday, the Clay County Democratic Party Executive Committee will know for certain which candidates hoping to run for office in Clay County will be placed on the ballot.
Pat Cannon, chair of the DPEC, said almost everyone is â€śOK,â€ť but still needs information from a couple of candidate, including Harold Lathon, who qualified to run for chancery clerk.