Murder cases to highlight court docket
by Chance Wright
Dec 09, 2012 | 1919 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Circuit Court Judge Johnnie Walls is scheduled to take the bench on Monday for the upcoming week of the 2012 Fall session of the Bolivar County 2nd Judicial District Circuit Court.

A preliminary docket has been set and released for cases to be heard next week and all cases listed on the docket may be shifted around in order by the court.

Three murder trials are at the forefront of the week's cases.

Wautice Bell, Trent Williams and Rheuben Latham are scheduled to stand trial once again on charges of murder, burglary of a dwelling, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

This will be the fifth time that the trio stands trial. The four previous times ended with a hung jury.

The charges stem from the March 2007 shooting of Treasura Melton and the murder of her unborn child. Melton was eight-months pregnant when she was shot five times at her home in Mound Bayou.

Gerald Wesley, an investigator with the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department said that the shooting occurred when three men entered the home to confront Melton’s boyfriend, Thomas Gray. They opened fire. The bullets hit Melton through the wall separating the front room and the bedroom, where Melton was standing.

Dontorius Ware, 23, of Shaw is scheduled to stand trial on charges of murder stemming from the Christmas night 2011 shooting death of Roy Watson in Shaw.

According to authorities, someone dialed 911 at 10:20 p.m. on Christmas and reported shots being fired at 106 Jeremy St. in Shaw.

“When officers arrived on the scene, they found one victim on the ground with a gun shot wound,” said Shaw Police Chief Levi Ford Jr. “After canvassing the scene we immediately came up with Ware as a suspect.”

Refresci Young, 43, of Cleveland is also scheduled to stand trial on murder charges.

Young is accused of September 2010 stabbing death of his mother, 59-year-old Ida Mae Young, at her residence at 1522 Garrison Ave. in Cleveland.

Police Chief Buster Bingham said in a prepared statement shortly after the incident that Ms. Young had several stab wounds. EMS was called to the scene and the victim was transported to the emergency room of Bolivar Medical Center where she died as a result of her injuries.

The release said witnesses to the attack were at the scene and said that her son Refresci Young, who was also living at the address at the time of the incident, attacked her in her home.

Jack King is scheduled to go to trial for general fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. The charges stem from incidents that began in October 1992 and continued through February 2008.

King and Harvey Jackson, a standing member of the Cleveland School District's Board of Trustees, were charged after allegations from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office that the pair carried on a fraudulent scheme involving two people with monetary figures over $200,000.

They are accused of taking investors' money for Lampton Street Church of Financial Services under the guise the money would be invested. According to the indictment, Lampton Street Church of Financial Services did not exist.

Sammie Smith, age and address unknown, is scheduled to stand trial on charges of a burglary of a dwelling that occurred in November 2011, at 110 Canal St. in Shaw.

Cecilia Dickerson is scheduled to appear on charges of one count of credit card fraud.

Jerry Jackson Jr., 48, of 510 Lee St. in Cleveland is scheduled to appear on charges of simple possession of marijuana stemming from his arrest on May 19.

Javarious Griffin, 22, of 200 Ken Lucas Apt. 2-A in Cleveland is scheduled to appear after being indicted on charges of prescription fraud against Dr. Parvesh K. Goel. He was arrested on Jan. 30.

Angela Dawn Collier, 21, of 124 Leflore St. in Clarksdale is scheduled to appear after being indicted by a grand jury on charges of possession of cocaine stemming from her March 18 arrest.

Everyone scheduled for trial are presumed innocent until proven guilty.