By BRIAN HAWKINS
One of three suspects in the July 2010 holdup of a local couple walking home from a party is facing trial on an armed robbery charge in the incident.
Kizzy Campbell, 28, of 1510 Harrison Road, Brooksville, remains jailed without bond after being arraigned on a Grand Jury indictment for armed robbery in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court earlier this week.
Campbell has a previous felony conviction and is being held under an order from the Department of Corrections.
Campbellâ€™s next scheduled Circuit Court appearance is set for May 2.
Campbell â€” along with Lisa Brown, 20, of 135 Sand Road, Apt. 104, Starkville, and Ismail C. Smith, 20, of 3759 Highway 46, Cedar Bluff â€” was arrested in mid-July on an armed robbery charge in the July 5, 2010 holdup of a young man and woman.
Whether Brown and Smith have also been indicted in the case has not yet been made public.
The two victims met the suspects at an evening Independence Day party they were attending July 4 as they and other party guests offered assistance to the suspects when they experienced car trouble, said Starkville Police Department detectives following the incident. The car â€” a gray-brown 1977 Chevrolet Impala â€” needed oil and water, police said.
As the young man and woman were walking on Spring Street toward Highway 12 on their way home about 2 a.m. July 5, they heard a car approaching and turned to see the suspectsâ€™ vehicle coming toward them.
The young man and woman began to run with the car chasing them to the Spring Street-Spruill Street intersection, where they fell, police said.
The car stopped, and Campbell and the male suspect now identified as Smith got out of the car. The third suspect â€” believed to Brown â€” remained in the carâ€™s back seat, police said. Smith reportedly said he had a gun and pointed what was believed to be a gun covered by his shirt at the victims, threatening to kill the them if the woman did not hand over her purse. The victims did so, and the suspects fled by car, police said.
Though the suspectsâ€™ exact route of escape could not be specified, the female victimâ€™s purse was later recovered behind the Americaâ€™s Best Value Inn on Highway 12 West. DNA evidence recovered from the purse was tested at the Mississippi Crime Laboratory in Jackson, police said.
Campbell was identified in the days following the robbery; Brown and Smith were identified from a photo lineup after police received information about their involvement in the incident.
Teen robbery suspectâ€™s case transferred to Youth Court
One of six teenagers under indictment on armed robbery charges in connection with the November 2008 assault of a local man at the Starkville Sportsplex will see his case handled in Youth Court.
The case against Antoniyo Macon, 15, of 106 Yellowjacket Drive, will be handled in Youth Court under a judicial order this week handed down on the grounds that Macon was 13 years old at the time of the incident, has â€śno prior significant history with law enforcementâ€ť and his involvement in the incident â€śis not significant.â€ť
A mental evaluation conducted by forensic psychologist Criss Lott at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield also revealed that Macon has a low IQ, is â€śbordering on mental retardationâ€ť and is â€śeasily led or manipulated by others.â€ť
The evaluation was also taken into consideration, court documents state.
Circuit Court action against the other five teen suspects â€” all of whom are under indictment for armed robbery â€” is still pending.
In the Nov. 16, 2008, incident, a local man, whose name is being withheld amid concerns for his safety and the safety of his family, was walking in the south end of the Sportsplex property as part of a regular exercise regimen when he came upon two teenage black males coming out of the restrooms at a concession stand.
The man told responding police officers that he looked at them twice and they stopped both times, but that â€śhe did not think anything of it,â€ť reports state.
As he walked away, the man said he then saw â€śseveral shadows come from all around himâ€ť and that someone struck him twice on the left side of his head, reports state. The man was then struck in the head with a glass bottle, which shattered on impact, police reports state.
Police Department detectives initially believed the man inadvertently stumbled into a burglary in progress since the concession stand in question was not being used and had been emptied of supplies.
Upon questioning the suspects, police learned that the six teenagers had plotted to rob the man after they saw him walking alone in the area of the Sportsplex where the incident occurred, officials said.
The victim told responding patrol officers that he could not specifically identify any of the juveniles who assaulted him, only that they were wearing dark clothing.
Within 15 minutes of the incident, a patrol officer questioned several young black males â€” all between the ages of 12 and 16 â€” who wearing dark clothing a short distance away from the Sportsplex.
The five juveniles were stopped by the officer at the entrance to Starkville Plaza apartments off South Louisville Street, which is located a short walk from the south distance from the south side of the Sportplex. All five were questioned; the sixth, police would later learn, had separated from the others a few minutes earlier, officials said.
The six were arrested after police detectives received a lead that broke the case, though officials have not commend on the information that helped them make the arrest.
Municipal Court affidavits for the six suspects at the time of their arrests show that they made statements of confession in the case.