Armed robbery suspects appear in court

Armed robbery suspects Learthur Neal, left, and Steve Bishop are led into City Hall for their initial appearance in Municipal Court on Wednesday (Photo by Faith Lifer, SDN)

Armed robbery suspects Learthur Neal, left, and Steve Bishop are led into City Hall for their initial appearance in Municipal Court on Wednesday (Photo by Faith Lifer, SDN)

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RYAN PHILLIPS
SDN Editor

Court dates have been set for at least three suspects involved in an armed robbery last week at a Starkville hotel.

In municipal court on Wednesday, 31-year-old Learthur Neal and 28-year-old Steven Bishop both had initial appearances after warrants were issued for their arrests following the incident.

Judge Rodney Faver appointed public defender Marty Haug to represent Neal, while he appointed public defender Ben Lang to represent Bishop.

The arrests resulted from an alleged robbery that occurred on June 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Highway 12, where the victim was lured to the hotel to meet a female, before being robbed at gunpoint by two male suspects.

Police confirmed the victim was not harmed during the robbery.

According to court documents provided to the Starkville Daily News through a public records request, the suspects held the victim at gunpoint and took $500 cash, a cellphone and the victim's car keys.

Bond for both men arrested on armed robbery charges was set at $50,000 each. They will each be held until they can make bail.

Bishop is scheduled to appear in municipal court on Thursday.

Neal’s next court date is set for July 25.

SPD Public Information Officer Brandon Lovelady said the arrests were made at an apartment on Garrard Road Tuesday morning.

If found guilty of armed robbery, the suspects could face life in prison.

Additionally, 25-year-old Jonnice Harris was arrested on a warrant for conspiracy to commit a crime for her involvement in the robbery. And on Monday, 19-year-old Katelyn Scott was arrested on a warrant for the same charge.

Bond was set for both women at $10,000 each for conspiracy to commit a crime.

Harris had her initial appearance in municipal court on Wednesday, where Judge Faver appointed public defender Stephanie Mallette to her case.

Her next court appearance is slated for July 25.

It is unclear at this time if a court date has been set for Scott.

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