|Suspect indicted in stabbing case
|Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:06 pm
|By CHRIS MENEES
A grand jury has indicted a Greenfield man accused in the brutal stabbing of a Union City woman four months ago.
Willie James Walker III was indicted this week by the Obion County grand jury for attempt to commit first-degree murder (two counts), aggravated assault (two counts) and especially aggravated robbery.
The charges stem from the Oct. 11, 2012, attack of 27-year-old Christina Marie Jimerson at her former home at 611 North Division St. in Union City.
Miss Jimerson sustained some 60 stab wounds and was airlifted to Regional Medical Center (the Med) in Memphis, where she underwent surgery and was hospitalized for an extended period.
Union City police had responded to Miss Jimerson’s North Division Street home about 8:45 p.m. Oct. 11 in response to a 911 call from a neighbor who heard screaming coming from the residence. Police investigator Susan Andrews reported the seriously injured Miss Jimerson was able to bang on a window, which broke, in order to be heard by a neighbor.
When police arrived, they could hear a woman screaming that she had been stabbed. Officers forced their way into the home, where they found Miss Jimerson bleeding from apparent stab wounds, according to police reports.
Neighbors told police they saw an unidentified man run from the apartment before officers arrived. They reportedly saw the man get into Miss Jimerson’s silver 1997 Toyota and leave the scene. Police alerted surrounding law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which was recovered early Oct. 12 in Greenfield in Weakley County.
Walker was taken into custody later in the day Oct. 12 in Weakley County on warrants against him there for unrelated charges of domestic violence and failure to appear. He was held there on those charges until a court appearance Oct. 24, after which time Union City police were finally able to transport him back to Obion County to be served with warrants as a suspect in Miss Jimerson’s stabbing.
Although still recovering, Miss Jimerson was able to appear in Obion County General Sessions Court on Dec. 11, 2012, to testify at Walker’s preliminary hearing, where the case was bound over to the grand jury.
The grand jury convened Monday for its October term and heard evidence in a number of cases to determine if charges should be levied by indictment.
The many indictments for this term include a number of drug-related charges, as well as charges levied in connection with recent assault cases.
Arraignments will be held Monday at 9 a.m. in Obion County Circuit Court for those indicted, according to Circuit Court Clerk Harry Johnson.
The grand jury also indicted three men in connection with three recent separate assaults in Union City.
Joel Michael Emerson of Union City was indicted for aggravated assault, stemming from a Jan. 9 fight in north Union City.
The incident resulted in serious injuries to Manuel Robert Mendez, 21, also of Union City, according to a Union City Police Depart-ment report.
Police had responded to a disturbance at 501 North First St. in Union City and officers arrived to find Mendez had been slashed across his abdomen with a knife during an alleged fight between him and Emerson. Mendez was airlifted to a Cape Girardeau, Mo., hos-pital.
Christopher Obrian Tyson of Union City was indicted for aggravated assault and resisting arrest as the result of an Oct. 24, 2012, incident in which a Union City police officer was allegedly assaulted.
Police officers had responded to Tyson’s home on East College Street in Union City after receiving a call that he allegedly attempted suicide with a knife. Officers reported they found Tyson on the floor of a utility room with a knife to his throat and his wife attempting to hold his hands so he could not cut himself.
According to a police report, police Sgt. Tim Wright used his taser on Tyson with only minimal effect and Tyson allegedly attacked the police officer, striking him multiple times with his fist and resulting in a possible severe injury to Wright’s shoulder. Tyson allegedly continued to fight with Wright until being subdued with two more taser applications from another patrol officer before being taken into custody by police.
Zachery Tyler Harper of Union City was indicted for aggravated assault (two counts), disorderly conduct (two counts), theft (two counts), vandalism and prohibited weapon in connection with a Sept. 2, 2012, incident in which he allegedly brandished a knife inside Union City’s Walmart Supercenter.
Union City police reported officers had responded shortly after 4 a.m. to the store, where Harper was “very upset,” allegedly knocking merchandise into the floor and yelling. He allegedly had been running and screaming in the store parking lot and went nearby to Pockets Shell before running back to Walmart, according to a police report.
Police said a Walmart manager and employee met Harper at the door and told him he could not enter the store, but he allegedly was brandishing a knife. Apparently in fear and to avoid conflict, the employees allowed him to enter the store as police were on the parking lot.
Inside the store, Harper allegedly ran from police with the knife in his hand. Officers reported they chased him through Walmart and apprehended him in the toy section of the store. Police said the knife brandished was a switchblade.
A list of 47 indictments released this week by John-son’s office also includes:
• James Joseph Bell — theft, driving on revoked license and evading arrest (three counts).
• Charles Randall Bolin, Michael Lynn Bramlett and Mark Randall Hinson — initiation of process to manufacturing meth (two counts), promotion of meth manufacturing (Bolin and Bramlett only), promotion of meth manufacturing and maintaining drug-related premises (Hinson only).
• Kathy Madonna Bone, also known as Kathy Madonna Yates, Amanda Blair Olhausen and David Korey Olhausen — manu-facturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent, drug paraphernalia and promotion of meth manufacturing (all), promotion of meth manu-facturing and maintaining drug-related premises (the Olhausens only).
• Shane Alan Bryant — theft.
• Sammy Dale Butler and Kimberly Renee Sex-ton — manufacturing of a controlled substance, initiation of process to manufacturing meth (both), promotion of meth manufacturing (three counts) (Butler only) and promotion of meth manufacturing (four counts) (Sexton only).
• Brian Christopher Byers — failure to appear (two counts).
• Justin Tyler Bynum — theft (11 counts), bur-glary (seven counts), van-dalism (three counts) and aggravated burglary.
• Jennifer Lynn Chessor — forgery.
• Jennifer Lynn Chessor and Billy Joe Craig — forgery.
• Maygro Martinez Corbon — rape of a child and evading arrest.
• Billy Joe Craig — for-gery (four counts).
• Billy Ray Crocker, David Ray Normile, Janet Michelle Stanfield and Daniel Leon Young — manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent and promotion of meth manufacturing (all) and promotion of meth manufacturing (Stanfield and Young only).
• Van Allyn Garrett — theft.
• Van Allyn Garrett — burglary (three counts) and theft (two counts).
• Van Allyn Garrett — burglary and theft.
• Van Allyn Garrett — burglary and theft.
• Van Allyn Garrett — theft.
• Denesa Nan Gatewood — initiation of process to manufacturing meth, manufacturing of meth, possession of a controlled substance with intent and promotion of meth manufacturing (two counts).
• Terry Gene Gooch — aggravated assault (two counts) and unlawful possession of a weapon (two counts).
Gooch was indicted by the October 2012 term of the grand jury in connection with an alleged incident in the Obion area and was re-indicted by the February term due to a charge being added, according to the district attorney’s office.
• Amanda Renee Haynes, Derek Flynn Junior and Stephanie Nicole Junior — theft of property.
• Carol Denise Hill and Jeffery Dewayne Morris — theft of property (three counts) (both), criminal trespass (Morris only), theft, criminal attempt to commit theft (both) and criminal trespass (Morris only).
• Deidira Elaine Huggins, Clye Wilkerson Owen and Christopher Clark Woods — initiation of process to manufacturing meth, promotion of meth manu-facturing (all), promotion of meth manufacturing (Owen only), reckless en-dangerment, conspiracy to manufacturing meth and reckless burning (all).
• Jerry L. Johnson — theft.
• Jerry Leonard Johnson — theft and theft.
• Charles Andrew Langley Jr. — especially aggravated kidnapping, domestic assault, assault, aggravated assault (two counts) and vehicular assault.
The charges against Lang-ley stem from an Aug. 18, 2012, incident in which 18-year-old Rachel Reeves of Martin was seriously injured in an assault near the Obion County Fairgrounds.
Langley was indicted by a grand jury in October 2012 and was re-indicted by the February term due to the addition of a charge, according to the district attorney’s office.
• Steven Lane Lanham and Robert Lee Walley — possession of a con-trolled substance with in-tent, manufacturing of meth, promotion of meth manufacturing, conspiracy to commit intiation of process to manufacturing meth and drug paraphernalia (both) and promotion of meth manufacturing (Walley only).
• Joshua Mark Long — initiation of process to manufacturing meth and promotion of meth manufacturing.
• Calvin Dean Martin — promotion of meth manufacturing (two counts) and forgery.
• Gary Stratton Moore — theft of property (two counts).
• Garry Stratton Moore and Calvin Dean Martin — aggravated burglary, theft and alteration of item’s permanent distinguishing number/sale or possession of such item.
• Amanda Blair Olhausen and Deborah Lynn Smith — theft and theft (both), theft and theft (Olhausen only), and theft and theft (Smith only).
• Brandon Scott Poucher and Joseph Anthony White, also known as Anthony Joseph White — initiation of process to manufacturing meth (two counts), manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent, promotion of meth manu-facturing, drug paraphernalia (both), carrying a weapon (Poucher only) and driving on a suspended license (White only).
• Dustin Shane Rasberry — aggravated assault, assault, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
The charges against Ras-berry are in connection with an Aug. 30, 2012, incident in which Union City police investigator Chris Cummings and Cpl. Dave Green were allegedly assaulted while responding to a call on Nash Street. The two officers both received medical treatment for their injuries.
Rasberry was indicted by the October 2012 term of the grand jury but was re-indicted on new charges by the February term since it has been learned that one of the injured officers, Cummings, will have to undergo surgery, according to Assistant District Attor-ney Jim Cannon.
• Michael Trent Simpson — aggravated burglary and theft.
• Michael Wayne Walker — theft (three counts).
• Robert Lee Walley — burglary and theft.
• Justin Blake Wiles — vandalism.
• Thomas Joe Williams, also known as Thomas Demarcus Williams, also known as Thomas Lee Williams — unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon and simple possession.
• Miranda Leann Yates — forgery.
• Miranda Leann Yates — forgery (20 counts).
• Miranda Leann Yates — theft.
• Miranda Leann Yates — aggravated child neglect (three counts) and aggravated child endangerment.
• Miranda Leann Yates — forgery (three counts).
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees @ucmessenger.com.Published in The Messenger 2.7.13
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