By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Both men who were scheduled to stand trial for murder during the October term at the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court pleaded guilty last week to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Steven D. Love was sentenced to 20 years in prison with five years suspended, five years probation and a fine of $1,000 for the beating death of William C. Brown, 68, on Nov. 3, 2009.
Brown died of blunt force trauma to the head. There were no signs of forced entry to his home on Self Creek Road. It took the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department months to name Love as a suspect.
Love was indicted for murder in August 2010. The case was continued a number of times, but was scheduled to be heard by Judge Jim Kitchens last week.
Floyd Robinson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Bridget Moore on Nov. 30, 2005. He was convicted of murder in 2007, appealed the ruling, but a panel of judges held the conviction.
The Supreme Court granted him a new trial because the jury had been allowed to view a videotaped interrogation in which police reference a domestic violence allegations made against Robinson by both Moore and another girlfriend. The court ruled that the evidence was prejudicial and inadmissible.
Robinson has claimed Moore pulled a gun on him during an argument and the gun went off when he tried to get the gun away from her.
In other court news, the trial of Curtis Lee Chandler was set for Jan. 30, 2012. Chandler is charged with DUI third, leaving the scene of an accident with death or injuries and three counts of aggravated DUI for an accident that killed his step-son, Sylvester Gandy Jr., 11, and seriously injured three other people. His bond is set at $110,000.
The case against Tony Davis for the charge of rape has been continued for the collection of further evidence and the pending case. The trial was re-set for Jan. 24, 2012.
The case against Jerome Davis for sexual battery was also continued because the defense needed more time to conduct a discovery. The trial was re-set for Jan. 25, 2012.
The case against Roderick Franklin for failure to register as a sex offender was continued. The trial was re-set for Feb. 1, 2012.
George Johnson plead not guilty to the charge of attempted armed robbery. Johnson is accused of assaulting two Shipley’s Donut employees during an attempted robbery in May. His bond was set at $100,000, and the trial has been set for Jan. 30, 2012.
Malcolm Reidout plead guilty to both armed robbery and aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 20 years and 15 years in prison. Both sentences will run consecutively.
James Figgures plead guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, issued a $500 fine and five years probation.
Dionte Doss plead guilty to aggravated assault. Doss was sentenced to eight years in prison, a $500 fine, and two years probation.
The October circuit court term will wrap up next week.