Capital murder indictments issued

Published 8:05 am Friday, November 4, 2011

A PIke County grand jury recently issued capital murder indictments in the deaths of two Pike County residents earlier this year.

Four men could receive the death penalty if convicted of killing two Pike County residents in May.

John Contrel Foster, 20, of Troy; Troy Kentrell McClaney, 21, of Union Springs; Marquisse Rashad McClaney, 23, of Troy; and Brandon Jamal Ryles, 21, of Brundidge all have been charged with three counts of capital murder in the deaths of Mark Kelvin Adams and Carla LeAnn Smilie. Adams and Smilie were found shot to death at his home in the Needmore community on April 5.

“Prior to the grand jury, each of the defendants had been charged with two counts of capital murder – one in the death of Mark Adams and one in the death of Carla Smilie,” said District Attorney Tom Anderson. “We have added a count each of capital murder in connection with the killing of two or more persons.”

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All four suspects have been held since April 7 without bond in the Pike County Jail. They are scheduled for formal arraignment on Dec. 1. Anderson said the capital charges carry only two options if the suspects are convicted: life without parole or the death penalty.

“Because they are capital matters they typically and rightfully so follow a different disposition path,” Anderson said. “We’re going to put them on a fast track, but they inherently move slower than other cases.”

In other indictments handed down by the Grand Jury that met last week in Troy:

• Gail Havilyn Holley was indicted on one charge of theft of property, first degree. “That’s a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison,” Anderson said. Holley, who formerly owned and operated Southern Tours and Travel Inc. was arrested in May after parents of high school students in Luverne complained that Holley had failed to book the end-of-the-year senior trip for the students. At the time, the parents said they had paid Holley some $26,000 for the cruise to Jamaica, the Grand Cayman Islands and the Florida Keys. They found out at the last minute the cruise had never been booked, parents said.

• Kendrick Katrell Thomas of Clayton was indicted on 15 separate charges relating to an October 2009 home invasion that included the sexual assault of two women. Thomas was one of three men charged in the crime. He and Anthony Perrier Turner, also of Clayton, pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal charges of carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a carjacking.

Ronald Demarkus Thomas, who testified against the other two, also pleaded guilty to federal charges relating to the carjacking and was sentenced to serve 24 years in jail.

The charges included in this most recent indictment against Kendrick Thomas are those not covered in the federal plea deal, Anderson said. They include one count of first-degree rape, six counts of first-degree robbery, one count of burglary-first degree, six counts of kidnapping-first degree and one count of theft of property-first degree.

“He will be transferred from a federal facility to the Pike County jail, where he will be held pending trial,” Anderson said.

• Martha Ann Johnson was indicted on attempted murder charges. Johnson was charged with shooting Clifford Berry, 71, multiple times during an incident at her residence in July.

• Several other indictments were issued including Jeffrey Roy Adams Jr., possession of a controlled substance; Jason Boykins, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance; Terry L. Briggs, first-degree rape; Tabitha Yolanda Chandler, receiving stolen property; James A. Christian, robbery first-degree; David Alan Cross, criminal mischief first degree; Jason T. Davenport, possession of cocaine; Dianna Marie Gosha, fraud; Cillie Debray Henderson, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance; Jennifer Lynn Holladay, theft of property second degree; Amelia McKnight, assault second degree; James Jason Ming, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance; Tricia Paramore, burglary third degree; Aubrey Lenny Parker, theft of property first degree; Taylor Davis Pippin, possession of pornographic material; Julia Rodgers, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance; Robert Terell Smiley, escape-third degree; Henry James Still, possession of an alcohol still; William H. May, possession of an alcohol still; Melvin Still, possession of cocaine; Sonya Thorson-Hight, theft of property second degree; Timothy Joe Wambles, possession/receiving of a controlled substance; Ulysses Wilkerson Jr., possession of marijuana first degree; David Junior Williams, trafficking marijuana; Eddie Clarence Williams, forgery second degree; and Anthony Jerod Wilson, possession of cocaine.

All listed above are scheduled for arraignment Dec. 1 in Circuit Court with Judge Shannon Clark presiding.