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Woman's murder trial delayed

October 20, 2010

The murder trial for an Oktibbeha County woman in the November 2009 fatal shooting of her husband while he was hunting has been postponed until January.
Verina Marie Childs, 37, of 3875 Jeff Peay Road, was to stand trial in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court on Nov. 1 for murder in the Nov. 22, 2009, shooting death of her husband Douglas Marion Childs, 32.
Childs’ trial was rescheduled until Jan. 31, which will be during the winter Circuit Court term. Her trial was postponed pending completion of evidence testing and expert evaluation, according to Circuit Court documents.
Douglas Childs’ body was found shortly after 7 a.m. the day he died about 30 feet inside a wooded area off Hawkins Road in western Oktibbeha County. The area where he was found is located a short distance from the Oktibbeha-Choctaw county line.
Mr. Childs died from a single gunshot wound to the heart, according to results of an autopsy conducted by pathologists at the Mississippi Crime Laboratory in Jackson on Monday that Sheriff Dolph Bryan made public at the time of Mrs. Childs’ arrest three days after the fatal shooting.
Sheriff’s deputies had verified that Mr. Childs was hunting in the Hawkins Road area early Sunday morning, as were several others.
In Circuit Court action Monday and Tuesday, 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):
• Justin Vaughn, malicious mischief, $5,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Rafael Scott, three counts of sale of less than 30 grams of marijuana, sale of marijuana and possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute, $25,000 bond, Jan. 25.
• Brian Boyd, sale or transfer of less than 30 grams of marijuana, $10,000 bond, Jan. 27.
• Durrell Tucker, sale or transfer of less than 30 grams of marijuana, $5,000 bond, Feb. 1.
• Junior J. Ruffin, sale of cocaine within 1,500 feet of a day care center, $15,000 bond, Jan. 27.
• Alfonso Drake, burglary of an automobile, $5,000 bond, Feb. 2.
• Russell Holson, accessory after the fact, $5,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• John Breckenridge, three counts of burglary of a dwelling, $15,000 bond, Feb. 2.
• Warren Sevongny, burglary of a dwelling, conspiracy, $15,000 bond, Feb. 2.
• Scott Richard Owens, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, $10,000 bond, Jan. 27.
• Mark Moore, sale or transfer of less than 30 grams of marijuana, $5,000 bond, Jan. 27.
• Tiffany Dawn Jones, sale or transfer of hydrocodone, $5,000 bond, Jan. 25.
• Annie L. Tate, aggravated assault, $5,000 bond, Jan. 31.
• Jose E. Flores, false pretense, $5,000 bond, Feb. 1.
• Coby Jones, false pretense, $5,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Arthur H. Parrish Jr., false pretense, $5,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Robert B. Neely, false pretense, $5,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Lemichael Niuwan Reed, burglary of a building, $5,000 bond, Feb. 2.
• John O’Callahan, false pretense, $5,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Deangelo D. Dantzler, attempt to commit a felony crime, $10,000 bond, Jan. 26.
• Paul Cribbs, embezzlement, $10,000 bond, Feb. 2.
• Patrick Shumaker, possession of cocaine, $5,000 bond, Jan. 27.
• Orlando Elliott, possession of marijuana, $5,000 bond, Feb. 3.
• Rechion Randle, sale or transfer of MDMA (ecstasy), sale or transfer of less than 30 grams of marijuana, sale or transfer of hydrocodone, $15,000 bond, Jan. 25.
In Circuit Court action Monday and Tuesday, 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):
• Jake Mullins, possession of between .1 and 2 grams of cocaine, sentencing pending.
• Charles Thompson, DUI (third offense), sentencing pending.
Circuit Court proceedings continues today.

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