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What's on the Circuit Court docket?

July 24, 2010

Multiple armed robbery and aggravated assault cases are scheduled for trial during the summer Oktibbeha County Circuit Court term that opens Monday, as is action in two murder cases.
Citizens interested in court proceedings should note that just because certain cases are scheduled for hearing or trial on certain days, other court proceedings may mean that cases being bumped from the daily docket until later in the court term or to a future court term in the fall or winter.
Here is a glance at some of the more prominent cases scheduled for action for the Circuit Court term:
• A Sturgis man charged with capital murder in the Sept. 28, 2008, shootings of two people — one fatally — is scheduled for a hearing on Monday.
Archie Quinn, 49, of 3233 Craig Springs Road, Sturgis, is charged with fatally shooting Stacy M. Gray, 35, of 3223 Craig Springs Road, Sturgis, and wounding Terry Johnson, 45, at the latter’s home on West Sand Creek Road.
According to a written statement released by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department at the time, deputies were called to Johnson’s home at 6:51 a.m. the day in question after receiving a report of gunshots being fired.
As they were en route to Johnson home, deputies confronted Quinn near West Sand Creek Road. Quinn got out of his vehicle in the roadway, walked to the back of it and shot himself in the head, according to the Sheriff’s Department statement.
Quinn later recuperated at a Jackson hospital.
• Leslie Sharp, 22, is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 2 on a murder charge in the Nov. 10, 2008 shooting death of Christopher Cole, 20, of Mathiston, outside a home on Kelly Road in northeast Oktibbeha County.
On the night of the fatal shooting, Cole died at the Kelly Road home from multiple gunshot wounds, though attempts were made by Oktibbeha County Hospital paramedics and East Oktibbeha volunteer firefighters to revive him, said Coroner Michael Hunt the day after the incident.
• Three suspects are scheduled for trial on individual charges of aggravated assault in connection with an early morning March 1, 2009, incident at McDonald’s in Starkville in which a man was assaulted using brass knuckles and had to be treated at Oktibbeha County Hospital for his injuries.
Robert Nelson Jordan, 21, of 3710 Northwest 10th Ave., Miami, Fla., is scheduled for trial on Tuesday, while Jamar Jerel Hornsby, 23, of 1700 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, Fla. — a former University of Mississippi football signee — and Darrell Cartez Simmons, 20, of 2730 Thornburg Way, College Park, Ga., are scheduled for trial on Aug. 2.
• Stennis Miller, 20, of Weir, is scheduled for trial Tuesday on an aggravated assault charge in connection with a June 5, 2009, incident on which gunshots were fired at a then-24-year-old Choctaw County woman and her 3-year-old son as they sat in an SUV parked at the Brookville Gardens apartment complex in Starkville.
• Six teenagers are scheduled for trial on individual charges of armed robbery in Nov. 16, 2008, assault of a local man who was exercising at the city’s Sportsplex on Lynn Lane.
Joshua Norman, 16, of 509 Pueblo Drive, is set to stand trial on Wednesday. The other suspects — Antoniyo Macon, 16, of 106 Yellowjacket Drive; John Robert Bell, 16, of 1426 Louisville St.; Michael Brown Jr., 18, of 662 W. Garrard Road; Jardez L. Johnson, 17, of 309 Reed Road, Apt. 1113; and Malcolm T. Reidout, 17, of 135 Sand Road, Apt. 104 — are scheduled for trial on Aug. 2.
In the incident, the man was walking in the south end of the Sportsplex property as part of a regular exercise regimen when he came upon two teenage black males coming out of the restrooms at a concession stand.
After looking at them, he turned and began walking the other way, only to be attacked by several males seconds later, including being struck on the head with a glass bottle.
• Two half-brothers are scheduled for trial on individual armed robbery charges in connection with the Oct. 30, 2009, shooting of a 30-year-old Starkville man outside his North Montgomery Street apartment.
Kenyon Derrell “Smoke” Cannon, 29, of 141 Pilkington Park, and Roderick “Bam Bam” Franklin, 30, of 200 Catherine St. are both scheduled for trial Aug. 2.
The shooting incident in which the two are charged was reported to police shortly after 11 p.m. Oct. 30 when the victim, whose name they have not released amid concerns for his safety, attempted to flag down passing cars on North Montgomery Street and a concerned motorist called E-911 operators.
Though walking and talking, the man was bleeding heavily and had attempted to get help by knocking on doors of nearby homes to no avail, said Starkville Police Department detectives following the shooting.
The man had been shot in the head, shoulder and neck and other areas of the upper body with a .380-caliber handgun, police said at the time.

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