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Circuit Court sets hearings

Circuit Court sets hearings
The preliminary hearing for a Gleason man accused of murdering his father has been reset for July 30. Thomas Randall Pruitt, 30, will appear in Weakley County General Sessions Court on charges that stem from the fatal shooting on May 15, 2008 of his father James Thomas Pruitt at he family’s home on 2570 between Gleason and McKenzie. Pruitt remains incarcerated at the Weakley County Detention Center without bond and charged with second-degree murder. This is not the first time Pruitt has been in trouble. He previously served five years in prison for fatally stabbing a man in Carroll County in 1998. Two cases of child abuse are dominating the news this week as a court date has been set for Wesley Griffin and Tiffani Callahan of Martin are scheduled to be tried separated charges filed where the couple was charged with beating Griffin’s two-year-old Austin Cash in July of 2007. The child was treated head trauma, bruises and cuts. The child spent two months in Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis where he was treated for skull fractures. The trials are set for August 7 and August 26. In other more recent news, a 20-year-old Martin woman has been charged with criminal neglect and child abuse after her two young children where discovered wandering the Ralph Street and Fonville Street area naked. The Weakley County Press reported on the incident in the Tuesday edition. This is the second time, according to Martin Police Department reports, that the same children were discovered walking around the house at 101 Parish Steet Apt. B. According to reports, their mother, Amanda Heisler, was sleeping both times. The Department of Children’s Services also responded to the case. Jason Paul Tims will spend the next year in jail after breaking into a dorm room on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Tims was convicted of aggravated burglary and a parole violation. Circuit Court Judge William Acree gave Tims a five-year sentence will but one year suspended. The incident occurred in December of 2007. Tims is a registered sex offender in the state of Tennessee, having been convicted of rape in 1999.

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