Grand jury meets Tuesday

Published 5:00 am Monday, July 23, 2012

A grand jury convenes in Pike County today and there are several notable cases on the docket.

According to court records, Andre Ellis’s case will be before the  grand jury. Ellis is the man accused of raping two women at Hunter’s Mountain Mobile Estates on March 26 and is facing two rape first-degree charges and one burglary second-degree charge.

The grand jury will also hear information regarding two people charged with aiding in a March 5 home invasion that left a young couple with injuries requiring surgery and lead to the death of accused robber and assailant Thomas White. Parrish Jerome Bean and Deanna McLeod are both charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and felony murder.

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In another violent case, three men have been accused with crimes in connection with a June 7 shooting at Homestead Mobile Home Park on U.S. Highway 29 between Troy and Banks. Jonathan Demonte Hooten is charged with first-degree robbery, attempted murder and first-degree possession of marijuana. Two others were arrested after the shooting lead Troy Police to execute a search warrant at a trailer in Homestead. Johnathan Dillard and Darius Keith Roberson were arrested on drug charges.

Evidence against Quentin Jermal King will also be heard. He is charged with robbery first-degree and is accused of robbing a Troy University student at gunpoint on April 1.

A search warrant led to the arrest of Tarvarus Tiawain King on April 2. He is charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pike County Sheriff’s deputies found $3,000 in cash, digital scales and $4,500 worth of marijuana at King’s home and the grand jury will be presented with evidence in this case this week.

In a theft case, Al Joseph Felder, Jr. was caught on camera as he and others vandalized vending machines outside the Piggly Wiggly in Brundidge. Police suspect Felder had been participating in like crimes for years. Felder faces two criminal mischief charges, three theft of property charges and a charge of possession of burglary tools.

On February 25, a bed in a room on the second floor of the Troy Regional Medical Center was set on fire. No one was injured and Tameka Evette Darby was charged with first-degree arson and evidence in that case will also be presented.

Nineteen paid accounts at Cashland in Troy were reopened and the money from the accounts taken between September 2011 and March 2012. Former employee Sherry Gosha is accused of first-degree theft of property. She appeared for a preliminary hearing on June 5 and the judge ordered information to be presented to the grand jury.

In two other home invasions dating back to November 2011, John. D. Mendenhall’s case will be discussed. He was arrested on counts of robbery and burglary. Mendenhall is accused of burglarizing and robbing two elderly residents in separate incidents where both victims were struck – one with a gun and one with a metal pipe.