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By NATHAN GREGORY
Oktibbeha County Circuit Courtâ€™s July term began Monday and runs through Aug. 3. Judges Lee Coleman, Lee Howard and Jim Kitchens are scheduled to hear 152 cases.
Nearly half of those cases are related to drugs and theft. Forty-one cases involve drug charges â€” more than one-fourth of the termâ€™s total cases.
There are 43 theft-related cases, including 15 burglary cases, 11 armed robbery cases, 13 grand larceny cases and three embezzlement cases. Judges will also hear 11 cases that involve sex crimes.
No murder cases will be heard this term.
Judge Coleman will hear a total of 44 trials, including 11 burglary cases, two armed robbery cases, four forgery cases, one robbery with an aggravated assault charge, one sex case, seven drug-related cases, two cases of fleeing law enforcement, six cases of assault on law enforcement, six larceny cases and three felony cases involving driving under the influence. He heard one case Monday and will hear more trials July 30 through Aug. 1 and Aug. 3.
Judge Howard will hear 52 trials, including two auto burglary cases, six aggravated assault cases, two false pretense cases, four grand larceny cases, four cases involving sex-related crimes and 19 drug-related cases.
Judge Kitchens will hear 53 trials, including 11 burglary cases, two armed robbery cases, four forgery cases, six sex crime-related cases, 13 drug-related cases, three larceny cases, three embezzlement cases and three felony DUI cases.
Judge Howard will preside over a robbery case involving Sammie Bernard Reed, 42, of 1507 Louisville St. The case is on an alleged robbery that took place in September 2011 in which he stole money from a man who drove him to a convenience store. In May Starkville Police Chief David Lindley confirmed that he was also arrested twice this year in April and May. He was charged with false pretense in April and an armed robbery in May. Only the case for the September 2011 incident is being heard.
Howard will also hear a case involving Johnathan St. Vigne, who was arrested after a foot pursuit in April and charged with four counts of auto burglary. St. Vigne, whose latest Starkville address is listed as 407 South Montgomery St., was out on bond at the time from a prior auto burglary arrest in July 2011.