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Assessory to Murder Case Continued, Orders Issued

April 14, 2011

The felony case of 43-year-old Timothy Roberson, who is charged with being an assessor to murder, was continued Thursday in Clay County Circuit Court to the next court term.
Roberson is accused of hiding the firearm allegedly used by Robert Rupert to kill Roosevelt Pernell around Dec. 4, 2003. Roberson said he needed more time to prepare his defense, and the motion to continue the case was accepted.
Rupert, who is not only charged with the murder of Roosevelt Pernell but also the shooting of Cedric Pernell, was supposed to stand trial this week in Circuit Court for both charges, but with this being the last day of the April court term and no action being taken on the case this week, it will likely be continued to the July court term.
The following orders were issued and pleas were made Thursday in Clay County Circuit Court:
• Edward Cox pled not guilty to aggravated assault and was remanded to the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department unless a $10,000 bond is posted. Cox's trial is set for July 19.
• Heather Coggins pled not guilty to the charge of prescription forgery, three counts, and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff unless a $10,000 bond is posted. Coggin's trial is set for July 26.
• Harvey Young pled withdrew his previous not guilty plea and pled guilty to the charge of possession of marijuana more than 30 grams but less than 250 grams. Young was sentenced to serve a three-year term with the Mississippi Department of Corrections and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.
• Lamarcus Rupert pled not guilty to the charge of possession of the controlled substance cocaine and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff unless a $7500 bond is posted. Rupert's trial is set for July 21.
• Jessie Minniefield pled guilty to the charge of aggravated assault and was sentenced to serve a 10-year term with MDOC.
• Jason R. Brooks pled not guilty to the sale or transfer of cocaine/possession of cocaine and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff. No bond was set as Brooks is a MDOC inmate. Brooks' trial is set for July 21.
• Josh Robinson alias Stevenson withdrew his previous not guilty plea and pled guilty to two counts of sale of cocaine. He was ordered to serve a 20-year term with MDOC for each count and was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 for each count. In addition, he will be placed on fives years post release supervision for each count after release from confinement.
• Kevin Jefferson pled not guilty to the charge of robbery and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff unless a $10,000. Jefferson's trial is set for July 25.

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