BY JOSH PRESLEY
The April term for Clay County Circuit Court was also one of the county’s bi-annual grand jury terms.
Grand juries determine whether criminal charges are to be brought up against those charged.
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said that during the April term the grand jury was in session for five days.
“Normally all the grand jury terms are busier because their cases are being added to the docket in addition to the other cases and a lot more jurors are coming in,” Harrell said.
Harrell said the grand jury saw 261 cases and 261 witnesses during this term, and that 183 of those cases were “true billed.”
A true bill is a written decision from the grand jury that it has heard enough evidence from the prosecution to believe the person being accused likely did commit a crime and should be indicted.
Harrell said the time taken for the murder trials of Shunbrica Roby and Charles Smith during the April term pushed the trials for those indicted back until the July and October circuit court terms.The grand jury began handing out indictments Thursday, with more expected today.
Devonte Kelly, of West Point, was indicted for the Oct. 31 murder of his father, Randy Kelly, also of West Point. His trial was set for June 14 and his bond was set at $125,000.
According to a WPPD press release from the day of the incident, officers arrived at the scene to find Randy Kelly lying in bed with a “gunshot wound to the head.” Emergency Medical Personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The victim’s son, Devonte Kelly, who was 14-years-old at the time of the incident, was missing from the scene but later found suffering from an apparent self-inflicted knife-wound, according to the press release. He was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center to be “stabilized” before being sent to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for treatment. He was then released to the WPPD.
Kelly will be charged as an adult, according to Harrell.
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