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Murder trial rescheduled for second time

October 22, 2010

The murder trial of a young Oktibbeha County woman scheduled for Nov. 1 has been postponed until late January
Leslie Sharp, 22, was scheduled to stand trial Nov. 1 on a murder charge in the Nov. 10, 2008 shooting death of Christopher Cole, 20, of Mathiston, outside a home on Kelly Road in northeastern Oktibbeha County.
Due to the unavailability of a witness in the case and pending pre-trial motions, Sharp’s trial has been rescheduled until Jan. 31. A motion hearing has been set for Nov. 4, which will be during the third week of the current Circuit Court term.
This is the second time Sharp’s trial has been delayed. She was originally scheduled to be tried Aug. 2, but the trial was also postponed due to the unavailability of a witness.
On the night of the fatal shooting, Cole died at the Kelly Road home from multiple gunshot wounds, though attempts were made by Oktibbeha County Hospital paramedics and East Oktibbeha volunteer firefighters to revive him, said Coroner Michael Hunt the day after the incident.

Guilty pleas made

In Circuit Court action Thursday and Friday, the following defendants maded guilty pleas and were sentenced or had 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):
• Jimmy Smith, 5 years in prison after post-release supervision was revoked for a prior aggravated assault conviction.
• Roger Richardson, 7 years in prison after a suspended sentence for a prior burglary conviction was revoked (recommended for the Regimented Inmate Discipline program).
• Patrik Hogan, felony malicious mischief, 5 years in prison after a probation violation, $200 fine, $1,526 in restitution.
• Deundray Hoskins, possession of a stolen firearm, 5 years in prison (habitual offender), $200 fine.
• Emily James, possession of less than .1 gram of cocaine, 4 years in prison (habitual offender), $200 fine.
• Joe Johnson, possession of less than .1 gram of cocaine, 1 year in the Intensive Supervision/House Arrest program followed by 3 years of probation, $250 fine, $200 in restitution to the Starkville Police Department.
• Charles L. Barnes, 4 years in prison after revocation of post-release supervision for a prior conviction for DUI (third offense).
• Jerin Collins, sale of less than 30 grams of marijuana, 3 years of non-adjudicated probation, $1,000 fine.
• Sherron Turk (also known as Sherron Nolan), shoplifting (third offense), 1 year in prison, $200 fine.
• Thomas Davis, possession of between .1 gram and 2 grams of cocaine, 5 years of probation, $200 fine.
• Antrinitta Skinner, felony false pretense (bad check), 3 years of non-adjudicated probation, $100 fine, $964.51 in restitution.
• Danny Lamar Fulgham Jr., sale of diazepam, 15 years in prison (including revocation of 5 years of post-release supervision for a conviction for uttering a forgery), $1,000 fine.
• Kiefer Cole, aggravated assault, 5 years of probation (on a 10-year suspended sentence), $200 fine, $414.51 in restitution.
• Larry Smith, arson (third degree), 3 years of probation, $200 fine, $962.90 in restitution.
• Steven Paul Ballard, auto burglary, 5 years on non-adjudicated probation, $200 fine.
In Circuit Court action Wednesday and Thursday, 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):
• Sanitra Bush, robbery, $10,000 bond, Jan. 31.
• Ashley Clark, robbery, $10,000 bond, Jan. 31.

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