Weather delays murder trial

By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

Tuesday's snowy weather gives means a 22-year-old Mantee man and a shooting victim's family will have to wait for their day in court.

Raheem Johnson was scheduled for trial Tuesday in Clay County Circuit Court on murder charges stemming from the May 15, 2015, death of James (Fluffy) White. But Judge Jim Kitchens canceled court Tuesday and today because of dangerous road conditions. Several dozen jurors would have had to drive to court from all over the county.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys don't think they can try the case in two days and it may go three days or more, according to Assistant District Attorney Scott Rogillo, who is prosecuting the case.

The case likely will be continued until the next term of court in Clay County in April, unless the courts can find a date sooner between terms of court in Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Noxubee counties. 

Raheem Johnson, Roderick Johnson, Casey Watkins and Quentin Naugles were arrested in May 2015 and charged with murder in White's death on Dixie Road in western Clay County.

The Clay County Grand Jury indicted Raheem Johnson, Roderick Johnson and Watkins, but found there wasn't enough probable cause to indict Naugles.

Raheem Johnson had been out of jail on $100,000 bond until his indictment last month on a new aggravated assault charge stemming from a November bar fight. His bond was revoked after that indictment and he's been in the Clay County Jail since then.

Roderick Johnson and Watkins also had trial dates this week. They also will get new trial dates.

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