Suspect pleads not guilty in Brown’s Lounge murder case

Published 11:32 pm Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A local man pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday, and his case will go to trial next week.

Michael Streeter will face the jury for allegedly shooting and killing Joey Spikner on May 27, 2007, at Brown’s Lounge, said Pike County’s Assistant District Attorney Tom Anderson. He said those were all the details of the incident he could release, but the rest will be revealed in what he expects to be a two-day court case starting Monday.

This was the second recorded murder to take place at Brown’s Lounge, he said.

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Streeter’s case was one of several to be heard as Circuit Court got under way in Pike County.

Also on Wednesday, Earl Oscar McNeil , 22, of Goshen, pleaded guilty to charges of rape, robbery and burglary.

“It’s a very, very serious case, where McNeil first robbed a Troy student by holding a gun to her head, and with the gun to her head, he raped her,” said District Attorney Gary McAliley said. “We feel very assured Judge Barr will do justice in sentencing.”

The incident occurred Feb. 12, 20007, whcn McNeil followed the victim to her Trojan Arms apartment, McAliliy said. There he stole the victim’s keys and personal items then, with a gun to her head, forced her into her apartment where he attacked her.

Several other cases will go to trial next week, as well.

Rozada Blackmon, who is charged with robbery first degree, for allegedly robbing the old BP Station on Highway 87 with an armed firearm will also be on the court docket.

In a similar case, Marque Deandre Baines will go to trial for allegedly robbing Krystals with a firearm.

Johnny Armstrong, 44, will face charges of rape second degree for allegedly raping a girl between the ages of 12 and 16, McAliley said..

Other cases which will face trial in the next court session are: Shaunita Larkin, charged with trafficking and manufacturing cocaine and possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia; Lawarn Carter, charged with trafficking cocaine; and Joseph Lightfoot, charged with possession of cocaine.

Several others pleaded guilty to charges in court Wednesday.

McAliley said several others entered guilty please on Wednesday, including: Mason Dixon, charged with distribution of a controlled substance; Alex Sexton Neal, Jr., charged with possession of a controlled substance and marijuana 1st degree; Willie McClain, charged with possessing and selling cocaine; George Robert Whitley, charged with receiving stolen property 1st degree; and Bobby Bryan, charged with discharging a firearm into an unoccupied dwelling.

Lakeshia Ware, who was on the docket Wednesday for promoting prison contraband, did not appear in court, and an alias bench warrant has been served for her arrest. All those who entered guilty pleas Wednesday will be sentenced on Jan. 6.