Judge Lee Coleman issued three bench warrants for defendants who were on the docket for the Clay County July Circuit Court term but didnâ€™t show up for court Wednesday. A bench warrant authorizes immediate on-sight arrest of the individual who failed to appear.
One of the bench warrants issued by Coleman was for Marquis Boyd, 23, of West Point, who escaped from the Clay County Detention Center on June 11 and is still at large.
Boyd was incarcerated for three counts of armed robbery as well as a previous escape in 2013. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said investigators were still searching for Boyd, as of Wednesday.
The second bench warrant was for Andre Mitchell, 19, of West Point, who was on the docket for one count of fraudulent use of ID and one count of ID theft. According to court documents, Mitchell allegedly used a West Point womanâ€™s Chase Bank child support debit card with her authorization for more than $250 in transactions. His next court date is Oct. 6.
The third bench warrant was issued for Ace Pullium, 49, of Prairie, who was on the docket for three counts of forgery. According to court documents, Pullium obtained another personâ€™s checkbook and defrauded Knox Grocery and BancorpSouth. Pulliumâ€™s next court date is also Oct. 6.
Scott said law enforcement officials inform the defendants when serving indictments that the defendant must be present at the beginning of the court term and sign in. He said a defendant skipping their scheduled court appearance is â€śserious stuff.â€ť
â€śIf the defendant is not here when the judge calls on them, he issues the warrant,â€ť Scott said. â€śAt that point, once we find the individual, they are held in jail with no bond until the next court term to appear in front of the same judge.â€ť
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