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Drugs topped grand jury list

Drugs topped grand jury list
Burglaries and drug charges topped the list of indictments handed down by the May term of the Weakley County Grand Jury last week. During its session, 44 indictments were handed down.
Those now facing felony charges included:
• Chassity Jean Adams – Process to manufacture methamphetamine; promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; attempting to commit aggravated child abuse; and possession of a controlled substance with intent. Adams’ bond is set at $50,000.
Adams was arrested last month when investigators with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at a home on Lee Road. Officers allegedly found an active meth lab in the house. A small child was in the home at the time of the execution of the search warrant. Adams originally had an additional charge of evading arrest after she allegedly hid in a closet during the search.
• William Cody Ferguson – Process to manufacture methamphetamine; promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; attempting to commit aggravated child abuse; and possession of a controlled substance with intent. Ferguson is being held without bond. He was also found at the residence on Lee Road last month when investigators of the WCSD executed a search warrant and allegedly discovered a meth lab in the home.
• Sealed indictment – Process to manufacture methamphetamine; promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; attempting to commit aggravated child abuse; and possession of a controlled substance with intent. An arrest warrant has been issued and bond set at $25,000.
• Ricky Demario Booker – Possession of controlled substance with intent. Booker is free on a $2,500 bond. He was arrested March 29 by the Martin Police Department when a traffic stop allegedly revealed Booker had been driving on a revoked license for habitual DUI offenses. Officers allegedly found two bags of what was believed to be marijuana during the traffic stop.
• Nicholas Arthur Bruce – Burglary (22 counts); theft (15 counts); aggravated burglary (2 counts); and vandalism. Bruce is being held without bond.
He was arrested late January in Dresden after a rash of weekend burglaries led to his apparent involvement. Homes and vehicles targeted during the burglaries in Dresden included that of Dresden Mayor Danny Forrester and his wife, District Attorney General Tommy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney General Kevin McAlpin and the Stoker family.
• Jerry Tyler Morefield – Burglary (22 counts); theft (15 counts); aggravated burglary (2 counts); and vandalism. Morefield’s bond is set at $100,000. Morefield was also arrested late January for his alleged involvement in the rash of vehicle and home burglaries in Dresden when notable public figures were targeted.
• Dakota Elbert Drake – Burglary (2 counts) and theft. Drake is free on a $2,500 bond. He is also accused of having an apparent connection to the rash of burglaries in Dresden in late January.
• Natasha Charee Buckner – Aggravated burglary; vandalism; and aggravated assault. Buckner was released on her own recognizance.
• Michelle Lynn Buckner – Aggravated burglary; vandalism; and assault. Buckner was released on her own recognizance.
• Charles Campbell – Arson. Campbell is free on a $2,500 bond.
• Steven Sirer Carter – Possession of a controlled substance (2 counts); possession of a weapon as a felon; drug paraphernalia. Carter is being held without bond. He was taken into custody by the Martin Police Department in January after officers executed a search warrant at his residence on K Street. Officers allegedly found baggies containing a substance believed to be crack-cocaine during the search.
• Matthew Walter Chappell – Possession of controlled substance with intent. Chappell is free on a $5,000 bond.
• Nicholas Megale Coleman – First-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. Coleman is being held without bond. He was taken into custody by the Dresden Police Department after 44-year-old Lori Williams was found shot to death in her apartment on Highway 118 in Dresden in January.
• David Franklin Cox – Initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. Cox is being held without bond.
• Jeffery Venson Davidson – Aggravated burglary (7 counts) and theft (7 counts). Davidson is free on a $10,000 bond.
• Amy Denise Dillard – Theft (2 counts) and drug paraphernalia. Dillard is being held on a $2,500 bond. Officers with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Highway 190 between Latham and Palmersville in search of a stolen gun in late February. A meth lab was allegedly found at the home. Dillard also faced an original charge of possession of Schedule II.
• Sean Nabors Mann – Theft (2 counts) and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture (2 counts). Mann is free on a $2,500 bond. He was arrested by the WCSD for his apparent connection to an alleged meth lab found at a residence on Highway 190 between Palmersville and Latham in February.  
• Dwayne Edwards – Aggravated robbery; aggravated burglary; theft; and aggravated assault. Edwards is being held without bond. He is accused of making his way into a home on Walters Street in early March and assaulting a man. Taken during the incident was a .9mm handgun and wallet.
• Antonio R. Hogard – Aggravated robbery; aggravated burglary; and theft. Hogard is being held without bond. He was arrested for his apparent involvement in the home invasion on Walters Street reported in early March where the victim was allegedly assaulted and robbed.
• William Cody Ferguson – Theft; fraudulent use of a credit card (6 counts); identity theft (6 counts). Ferguson is being held without bond.
• Donald Lee Hockett – Habitual motor vehicle offender; DUI (priors); and open container. Hockett is free on a $2,500 bond.
• Condarium T. Jones – Accessory after the fact and no driver’s license. Jones’ bond is set at $100,000. He was arrested in mid-January for his apparent involvement in the shooting death of 44-year-old Lori Williams at her apartment on Highway 118 outside of Dresden. Jones also originally faced two counts of evading/resisting arrest.
• Christopher Alan Lee Lane – Failure to appear. An arrest warrant has been issued for Lane.
• Rodger Dale Langley – Theft of property; evading arrest; aggravated assault; and off-highway motor vehicle. Langley is being held without bond.
• Jerry Alvarado Lopez – Solicitation of first-degree murder (5 counts). Lopez’s bond is set at $250,000. In early April, local law enforcement officers were notified by an ATF agent that Lopez had allegedly hired him to kill five people. The agent was working in an undercover capacity at the time. Lopez was also originally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon during the time of his arrest when officers allegedly found a .40-caliber handgun in his vehicle. Lopez had prior felony convictions in Utah.
• Ricky Dean McAlister – Promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; simple possession (4 counts); and unlawful drug paraphernalia. McAlister is free on a $5,000 bond.
• Kimberlie Beth Bradberry – Promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; simple possession (4 counts); and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Bradberry is free on a $2,500 bond.
• David McDonald Jr. – Accessory after the fact; contraband in a penal facility; and simple possession. McDonald is being held without bond. McDonald was charged in mid-January for his apparent connection in the shooting death of 44-year-old Lori Williams. Williams was found shot to death in her apartment on Highway 118 outside of Dresden mid-January.
• Amy Marie Mitchell – Initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of controlled substance with intent; promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; and simple possession. Mitchell is being held on a $25,000 bond. In April, officers with the WCSD executed a search warrant on Hamm Road near Industrial Park Drive in Martin where they allegedly found a meth lab. A three-year-old was also found in the home.
• Christopher Lee Payne – Initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of controlled substance with intent; promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; attempted aggravated child abuse; and simple possession. Payne’s bond is set at $25,000. He is charged for his apparent connection with the alleged meth lab found at a home on Hamm Road in early April.
• Kegan Tyler Hatley – Initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of controlled substance with intent; promotion of methamphetamine manufacture (2 counts); attempted aggravated child abuse; and simple possession. Hatley’s bond is set at $250,000. He is also facing charges for his apparent connection with the alleged meth lab found at a home on Hamm Road in early April.
• Kimberly Dale Brasfield – Initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of controlled substance with intent; promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; attempted aggravated child abuse; and simple possession. Brasfield is being held on a $250,000 bond. She is also charged for his apparent connection with the alleged meth lab found at a home on Hamm Road in early April.
• Cindy Joyce Rock – Aggravated burglary and theft. Rock is free on a $5,000 bond.
• Vernon Edward Harrell Jr. – Aggravated burglary and theft. Harrell is free on a $5,000 bond.
• Brandy Michelle Ross – Fraudulent use of a debit card. Ross is free on a $250 bond.
• Dexter Devars Sowell – Reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. Sowell is being held without bond.
• Joseph Bryan Thacker – Possession of controlled substance with intent; drug paraphernalia; contraband in a penal facility; simple possession; DUI; and violation of registration law. Thacker is free on a $25,000 bond.
• Michael Wayne Whitney – Promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; simple possession; and drug paraphernalia. Whitney is free on a $10,000 bond. Officers with the WCSD executed a search warrant in the county in late February and allegedly found an active meth lab.
• Jacquiline Zickefoose – Promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; simple possession; and drug paraphernalia. Zickefoose is being held without bond. She is charged for her apparent involvement in an alleged meth lab found in the county in late February by WCSD deputies. Zickefoose also faced an original charge of filing false report after she allegedly gave officers a fake name during her arrest.
• Maxwell T. Williams – Aggravated stalking. Williams is being held without bond. He was arrested by members of the UT Martin Department of Safety and Security April 24 after he allegedly made death threats against the friend of a student on campus.
When officers found Williams in his vehicle in a parking lot on the UTM campus, they also allegedly found Molotav cocktails (explosives) and a long sword. Williams was originally charged with possession of prohibited weapons, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a weapon on school property.
Individuals indicted by the May term of the Weakley County Grand Jury will report in 27th Judicial District Circuit Court throughout this week.
Background
Once a person is arrested for an offense, he is given an arraignment in Weakley County General Sessions Court. Judge Tommy Moore will set a bond for the defendant. He will then have a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to bind a case over to the grand jury. Moore would make the determination. The grand jury meets in January, May and September.
A defendant can choose to waive a preliminary hearing, only to have the case presented directly to the grand jury.
Once indicted by a grand jury, the defendant will begin the judicial process in circuit court and appear before Judge William Acree throughout the process.

WCP 5.15.12

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