By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
The April term of the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court is under way and will run for the next three weeks. Circuit Judges Lee Howard, Jim Kitchens and Lee Coleman are scheduled to hear the 225 cases.
Narcotics or felony alcohol arrests take up much of the schedule, with roughly 100 cases on the docket. Property crimes make up about 25 percent with 56 cases. There are 25 cases scheduled that involve violent or sex crimes, not including murder. Five murder cases will be heard this term.
Dennis Thompson is charged with the murder of Curtis K. â€śC.K.â€ť Randle, 25, and two counts of aggravated assault. Judge Kitchens will preside over the trial. The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a $10,000 fine, while each aggravated assault charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $10,000.
Steven D. Love is charged with murder in the fatal beating of William C. Brown, 68. Judge Kitchens will preside over the trial.
Floyd Robinson is charged with the murder of his on-again off-again girlfriend, Bridget Moore. Judge Howard will preside over the trial.
Verina Childs is charged with the murder of her husband, Douglas Childs, 32 in 2009. Judge Howard will preside over the trial.
Archie Quinn is charged with capital murder. He is accused of fatally shooting Stacy Gray, 35, of Sturgis in 2008. Judge Howard will preside over the trial.
Also to be heard:
u Brent Vowell is charged with aggravated assault in a case involving a man who says the defendant knocked him unconscious with a cowbell during a Mississippi State University football game. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison. Judge Kitchens will preside over the trial.