Here is a summary of action in major cases this week before Columbia County Circuit Court's criminal docket call:
Colby Curtis, capital murder, terroristic act, three acts of aggravated assault. Bill McLean was assigned as Curtis' new legal counsel. Curtis is charged with the Sept. 17, 2009 shooting death of Glynn Jamal Davis, 17, whose body was found in a Chevrolet Surburban that had jumped a curb and stopped on the lawn of a church in West Magnolia. A January 6 hearing will determine how to proceed with the cased after McLean has had the opportunity to investigate it.
Tabitha Russ, aggravated robbery, disorderly conduct, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest. Ron Griggs has been retained by Russ as her attorney. She violated terms of her house arrest pending trial by going to another residence. Her grandmother and one of her sisters were required to sign documents saying they would call police if Russ leaves her grandmother's residence again. Russ is accused of taking part in a robbery at Tasty Donut.
Brandon K. Chambliss, capital murder, conspiracy to commit capital murder, battery, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm and habitual offender. Chambliss is a co-defendant with Roland Jamerson and LeBrandon Jones in the 2009 "Boom Boom Room" shooting death of Shelia K. McDaniel. Bill McLean was appointed Chambliss' attorney. Chambliss' case was continued until Nov. 4.
Jamaria Crew, capital murder and aggravated robbery. Crew is charged with his brother, Laderrick Crew, and a third suspect, Kevin T. Easter, in the November 2009 murder of Donnie Joe Waller of Emerson. Marck Klappenbach has been assigned as Jamaria Crew's new public defender. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Butler told the court that Jamaria Crew has been offered a plea to reduce the charge to first-degree murder and a life sentence. "That's as good as it's going to get," Butler said. Crew has until his next court appearance on Nov. 4 to think about it.
Philepia Turner, distribution of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug premises, distributing a controlled substance near certain facilities. Turner, who had been scheduled for a jury trial Oct. 28-29, has hired two new attorneys, Ronald Davis and Jack Kearney. They argued that Turner was under the care of a psychologist and asked that Turner receive a mental examination in Little Rock. Butler complained that this was a delaying tactic, but Chandler granted the motion.
Sherry Arnold Cooper, forgery in the second degree, habitual offender. It is alleged that Cooper was involved in the improper use of a credit card. Butler told the court that Cooper has a bad record, but public defender David Talley noted that Cooper is enrolled in college. It was agreed that a decision about Cooper's case will be made in December, giving her a chance to improve her standing with the court.
Ricky Lynn Hardin. In a 2009 incident, Hardin was charged with terroristic act, terroristic threatening in the first degree, felon in possession of a firearm, and being a habitual offender. In 2010, he was charged with a terroristic threat, criminal mischief and theft under $500. He changed his plea to guilty and received separate sentences of 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with five years suspended imposition of sentence, and 20 years in the ADC with five years suspended imposition of sentence. The sentences will run concurrently.
Damon D. Jones, murder in the first degree, terroristic threatening, possession of a firearm by certain persons and delivery of meth. Jones was charged with Antonio Marcus Wright in the 2009 murder of Roderick Brandon Parker on Memorial Day 2009 at South Side Park. Wright was convicted last week of second-degree murder, and Jones was a state witness at the trial. All of the charges were consolidated into a plea of guilty to conspiracy to sell meth, for which Jones received six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with five years suspended imposition of sentence.
Scotty Wyrick, rape. David Talley was appointed to represent Wyrick, who made his first court appearance. Bond was set at $25,000.
Andrew Guidry, battery in the second degree. Guidry's supervisor with a truck driving company appeared with the defendant. He asked that Guidry be allowed to continue working. The court agreed but required Guidry to live with his sister under house arrest when not working. A $10,000 bond was set.
Willie Wright, fleeing by vehicle, carrying a weapon, careless and prohibited driving, no driver license. Wright entered a guilty plea to carrying a weapon. He received a one year suspended imposition of sentence, was fined $250 in court costs, and was required to perform 240 hours of community service.
Katherine Campbell, forgery, second degree. Campbell pled guilty to theft of property for taking possession of $375 without authorization. She was ordered to make restitution. She received a one-year suspended imposition of sentence and was fined $250 in court costs.
Darrell Jones, theft of property over $500, habitual offender. Butler said Jones has a long history with the court - and a crack addiction. Jones pled guilty to theft by receiving He has been accepted into the year-long Conquest House drug rehabilitation program. Failure to complete the program could result in a 20-year prison sentence.
Alvin Davis, forgery, criminal impersonation. Davis bought a car under an assumed name. He received a three-year suspended sentence and was fined $250 in court costs, $250 in DNA testing fee and a $1,000 fine. He was also sentenced to 40 hours of community service.