2nd person charged with drugs in shooting house

By: 
Steve Rogers
Staff Writer

A second person has been charged with drug possession in connection with drugs recovered from a house where an apparent drug-related robbery attempt occurred early Saturday morning in West Point.

And bonds are set for a husband and wife accused of being part of a car-burglary trio.

Bond was set at $5,000 Wednesday for 32-year-old Katie Carey Alexander, of 311 Chestnut Ave. in Starkville, who is charged with possession of heroin. According to affidavits read during a brief arraignment in West Point Municipal Court, Alexander possessed the drugs Saturday at a house at 389 Little St.

She also was wanted on a Clay County Circuit Court bench warrant issued more than a year ago for violating the terms of her alternative sentencing program.

She was indicted in October 2016 for possession of methamphetamine. On Oct. 2, 2017, she pleaded guilty and was placed in the pre-trial diversion program which gives people a chance to clear their record if they meet strict conditions during a three-year period.

Alexander didn’t last long. Less than three months after being placed on diversion, District Attorney Scott Colom filed papers saying she had tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamines, morphine, oxycodone, and other drugs and refused to go to inpatient treatment, according to Clay County Circuit Court records.

Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman signed an order Jan. 5, 2018 for her arrest, but authorities had been unable to find her until Saturday’s robbery and shooting incident at the home on Little Street.
Police continue to investigate that shooting and no charges have been filed.

Police said masked bandits forced their way into the home at 389 Little St. and tried to rob three people in what police have described as a drug-related robbery attempt. One of the three was shot during the confrontation and treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. He was released but later returned to the hospital with complications.

That happened at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday. Later that morning, 32-year-old Demarkis Walker, of 389 Little St., was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and possession of methamphetamine after investigators found a large amount of drugs and cash in the residence. He had more than 30 grams of marijuana but less than 1,000 grams, 126 grams of methamphetamine and ocaine, according to affidavits read in court.

Alexander apparently was at the house as well based on the affidavits.

His bond was set at $10,000 by City Judge Mark Cliett, who entered not guilty pleas on behalf of both of them and set preliminary hearings for March 5. They both were appointed public defenders.

Investigators have released few other details about the shooting or possible suspects.

Anyone with information on either the burglaries or the shooting should call Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151. The information could lead to a reward.

Meanwhile, bonds were set at $14,000 each for 26-year-old Justyn McNutt and 29-year-old Kourtni Sullivan, who said during Wednesday’s arraignment the two were married. The two sat on opposite sides of the courtroom while their paperwork was being processed and mouthed words to each other.

At one point when McNutt pointed at his ring finger as if to ask her about a ring, she pulled a necklace out from her Clay County Jail jump suit and pointed to a ring on it.

At another point, when Cliett asked her about something, she responded, “I was just threatening my husband with a piece of paper,” referring to the rolled up paperwork she had in her hands.

Both are charged with two counts of accessory before the fact of auto burglary for “aiding and assisting” a 16-year-old girl breaking into cars Feb. 12 belonging to Lucretia Cooperwood and Victoria Rose.

Cliett entered not guilty pleas for both and set their hearings for March 5. He also appointed them public defenders. He moved the cases to Judge Bennie Jones’ docket because the victims both live within a few houses of Cliett in the downtown area.

During a discussion about the cases, Det. Ramirez Ivy told the judge a laptop computer taken from one of the unlocked vehicles had not yet been recovered.

“He’s sick about it,” Cliett said of the victim.

“His whole life was on that computer,” Ivy responded.

McNutt and Sullivan were arrested Friday. The 16-year-old juvenile, who faces five counts of auto burglary, was picked up Tuesday.

Ivy has said other charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

McNutt had been working until his arrest, he said.

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