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Indictments handed down

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

BENTON -- The Scott County grand jury indicted 39 individuals from June to December 2004 with charges ranging from second degree murder to the sale of controlled substances, according to Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd.

"The grand jury was a very hard-working and conscientious group that learned a lot about criminal activity and law enforcement investigation. Many of the grand jurors were exposed for their first time to some very sensitive criminal matters as well as numerous drug dealing cases presented by area law enforcement agencies," Boyd said. "The grand jurors should be recognized for their service and sacrifice for serving as members who met nearly every week from August to December to conduct business."

Those indicted were:

Duone Hairston, two counts of selling a controlled substance in government housing; Elgin Hunt, two counts of selling a controlled substance in government housing and one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Levi Hampton, one count of selling a controlled substance; Travis Williamson, three counts of selling a controlled substance in government housing; James Otis Baker, two counts of selling a controlled substance near a school;

Martha McGuire, one count of selling a controlled substance in government housing; Lamar Johnson, two counts of selling a controlled substance near a school; Paul Hollifield, first degree statutory sodomy and first degree child molestation; Kenneth Hill, two counts of selling a controlled substance in government housing; Lascotta Simpson, selling a controlled substance in government housing;

Bobby Yancy, two counts of selling a controlled substance; Willie Murphy, one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Michael Jelks, one count of selling a controlled substance and one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Kevin Session, one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Robert Grant, second degree murder; five counts of armed criminal action, and four counts of first degree assault;

Chester Brown, one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Rashiek Harris, one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Rico Brown, six counts of selling a controlled substance near a school and three counts of selling a controlled substance in government housing; James Young, five counts of first degree statutory sodomy; Nathan Winfield, one count of selling a controlled substance near a school;

Timothy Tarver, one count of selling a controlled substance in government housing; Timothy Gaddis, one count of selling a controlled substance; Thomas Wiley, two counts of selling a controlled substance; Brian Burton, one count of selling a controlled substance; Natashia Owens, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell;

Timothy Gross, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and one count of dog fighting; Gino Wells, one count of dog fighting; Terry Taylor, three counts of first degree statutory sodomy; Anthony Taylor, three counts of selling a controlled substance; Virginia McKenzie, one count of selling a controlled substance;

Robert Collins, three counts of first degree statutory rape; Eugene Williams, one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Johnnie Phifer, one count of selling a controlled substance near a school; Jeffery Shultz, possession of chemicals, possession of ephedrine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell; Angela Rich, one count of forgery;

Jeffery Gunter, two counts of selling a controlled substance near a school; Lindy Crockett, ten counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance; Angie Clayton, six counts of possessing a gambling device, one count of first degree promotion of gambling and one count of possessing gambling records; Tim Clayton, six counts of possessing a gambling device, one count of first degree promotion of gambling and one count of possessing gambling records; Mary Hurst, three counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and one count of forgery;

Lloyd Gilmore, one count of sale of a controlled substance; Tyson Chambers, one count of possessing an imitation controlled substance; James Day, two counts of first degree statutory sodomy and two counts of distributing pornography; Ted Roberts, two counts of distributing a controlled substance and one count of possessing a controlled substance.

"If I were to guess, one of the biggest eye-opening experiences the grand jurors had was how easy it was to purchase drugs near school zones or public housing," Boyd said. "Secondly, the jurors also learned how fast a sale of a controlled substance could be made on the streets where two individuals would exchange a couple of words and then perform a quick touching of the hands where dope and money were traded."

Law enforcement agencies involved with this grand jury included the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, SEMO Drug Task Force, Scott County Sheriff's Department, Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Missouri Highway Patrol, and Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Boyd estimated the cost for running this grand jury was around $3,000. He said there are plans to request the circuit court to organize another grand jury by March 2005 as area law enforcement agencies have indicated a similar number of cases will be available by then.

Along with handing down indictments, the grand jury also inspected county buildings. Neal Ross, the grand jury foreman, said almost all of the county buildings were in good to very good condition. The county courthouse is undergoing needed upgrades and repairs, however, the outside of the courthouse was found to need some repair.

Ross said the only county building which was not in good condition was the 9-1-1 center in Morley which needs repairs inside, especially the bathroom fixtures and suspended ceiling.