Juries struck for murder, drug trials

Published 11:27 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Juries were selected Wednesday for the murder trial of a Troy man, set to begin Monday in the Pike County Circuit Court.

Emmanuel R. Youngblood, of Troy, will face trial for charges of murdering 35-year-old C.S. Siler on Aug. 8, 2008.

It is alleged Youngblood shot and killed Siler during an altercation at a residence on Rose Circle.

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Trial will begin Monday in the Pike County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Youngblood will be defended by attorney Bill Key.

Juries were also selected for the trial of Joseph Pye, charged with three counts of unlawful distribution.

Pike County Assistant District Attorney Tom Anderson said it is alleged Pye sold marijuana to a confidential informant on three separate occasions in September 2007 and January 2008.

The trial for this case will be held later next week. Pye will be defended by attorney Michael Guillory.

Several others charged on the same court docket pleaded guilty to charges and will not go to trial next week.

Rodrick Monroe Sr. pleaded guilty to assault second degree, after he “accidentally” shot his then girlfriend on Jan. 14, 2005.

The incident was reported a little after 5 a.m. that day, after Monroe fired a .45 caliber pistol that went through the victim Sharon Miles’ hands and struck her head.

Both Miles and Monroe reported the incident was accidental at the time, but on Feb. 7, 2005, the Miles told Troy Police officers the shot was intentional, read a report filed in the Pike County Circuit Court.

Monroe was originally charged with attempted murder but pleaded to assault second degree, at the agreement of attorneys and Miles Wednesday.

Monroe has served time in federal prison on a different charge related to the same incident, and he is now out on federal supervision.

Once that three year term is completed, Monroe will serve an additional five year probationary period.

Beginning this month, Monroe will also be required to pay Miles $500 per month until that probationary period is over, an amount that will total around $60,000.

“This woman lost her ability to work as a result of this act. She would much rather receive $500,” said Pike County District Attorney Gary McAliley.

The following also pleaded to charges, according to Anderson: Irving Later Brantley, robbery first degree; Ray Simmons, DUI; John T. Brunson, two counts of unlawful distribution; Randy Herbert Winters, unlawful manufacturing of controlled substance, possession of marijuana and trafficking meth; Curtis Edwards Potts, burglary second degree; Roderick Tyrone Gosha, theft of property second degree; Melvin Hill, robbery third degree; Cedrin Carter, two counts unlawful distribution.

Also in court Wednesday, Jacobey Quint Andrews was sentenced to 15 years after he pleaded previously to charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.