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Suspect’s trial in shooting postponed

October 21, 2010

Two half-brothers charged in connection with an October 2009 shooting incident on North Montgomery Street are now scheduled to face trial on the same day.
Roderick “Bam Bam” Franklin, 30, of 200 Catherine St., and Kenyon Derrell “Smoke” Cannon, 29, of 141 Pilkington Park are both facing trial Nov. 1 on aggravated assault and armed robbery charges in the Oct. 30, 2009, shooting of a 30-year-old Starkville man outside his North Montgomery Street apartment.
Franklin was originally scheduled to be tried beginning yesterday, but his trial was postponed until Nov. 1 to allow his attorney additional time to prepare for the case.
Cannon was already scheduled for trial Nov. 1.
The two suspects — half-brothers with the same father — are charged with a shooting incident reported to Starkville police shortly after 11 p.m. Oct. 30, 2009, the victim attempted to flag down passing cars on North Montgomery Street and a concerned motorist called E-911 operators.
Though walking and talking, the man was bleeding heavily and had attempted to get help by knocking on doors of nearby homes to no avail, SPD detectives said following the shooting.
The man had been shot in the head, shoulder and neck and other areas of the upper body with a .380-caliber handgun, and at least four wounds were confirmed by physicians after the victim was hospitalized, police said following the shooting.
His gunshot wounds were severe enough for OCH Regional Medical Center physicians to have him transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Though the motive for the shooting has not been made public, police detectives have said previously that the investigation did point to a conflict over money, though they would not confirm whether illegal drugs may also be involved.
Police Department detectives spent the first 24 hours after the shooting searching for Franklin and Cannon, culminating in a search of a home on Sturgis-Louisville Road in Winston County where the two had last been spotted locally.
The two were arrested five months later in New Orleans, La., after having fled the area.

Sentences handed down

In Circuit Court action Tuesday and Wednesday, the following defendants were sentenced after pleading guilty or having prior suspended sentences, probation or post-release supervision revoked. They are listed by name, charges, sentence, fines and restitution (any similarities in name to other individuals in the community is purely coincidental):
• Otis Young, possession of between .1 grams and 2 grams of cocaine, 8 years in prison, $1,000 fine.
• Christopher Robert Madson, burglary of a business, 5 years of non-adjudicated probation, $250 fine, $653.06 in restitution.
• Jake Mullins, possession of between .1 grams and 2 grams of cocaine, 2 years in prison, $750 fine.
• Ellis “Junebug” Bishop, felony shoplifting (value over $500), 10 years in prison, $500 fine, $1,009.08 in restitution.
• Ferlando Carpenter, sale of cocaine, possession of contraband in jail, two counts of sale of less than 30 grams of marijuana, 15 years in prison, $6,000 in fine.
• Patrick Timmons, identity theft, 5 years of non-adjudicated probation, $250 fine, $233.60 restitution.
• Tyler Dean Spears, burglary of a business, sentencing set for Jan. 24.
• Hershel McCarter, possession of between .1 grams and 2 grams of cocaine, 5 years of probation, $250 fine, $200 in restitution to the Starkville Police Department.
• Willie Ware, attempted grand larceny, 5 years in prison, $1,000 fine.

More suspects arraigned

In Circuit Court action Tuesday and Wednesday, the following suspects were arraigned on various Oktibbeha County Grand Jury indictments and are listed by name, charges, bond and date of next court action (any similarities in name to other individuals in the community is purely coincidental):
• Ashley Sudduth, shoplifting, $5,000 fine, Jan. 27.
• Angela Bowers, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, sale of more than 30 grams of marijuana, $10,000 bond, Jan. 25.
• Anthony Grayer, burglary, $5,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Harroll Lindsey III, burglary of a dwelling, $10,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Jerome Davis, sexual battery, $10,000 bond, Jan. 31.
• Lasheka Hardy, contributing to the neglect of a child, two counts of sale or transfer of more than 30 grams of marijuana, sale or transfer of less than 30 grams of marijuana.
Circuit Court action continues today at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex. Judges Lee Howard and Jim Kitchens are both on the bench this week.

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