Grand jury in session again

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The grand jury in session Tuesday in Pike County is expected to have another full day in court today.

Circuit Clerk Jamie Scarbrough said Tuesday’s events went as scheduled and today’s finish time is dependant on evidence, presentations and other factors that might pop up as the day progresses.

Cases on the 48-page docket for this grand jury include accused rapist Andre Ellis, suspected home invasion accomplices Deanna McLeod and Parrish Bean, attempted murder suspect Jonathan Hooten and Quentin King, the man charged with the armed robbery of a Troy University student.

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More than 140 cases will be discussed during the two-day session in Pike County, according to court records.

Some other crimes presented to the grand jury this week involve drug charges, robberies, burglaries, assaults and identity theft.

Cases are brought before grand juries to decide whether or not there is enough evidence to criminally indict those who have been charged with a crime. Generally, 18 people are selected to be on the jury and the proceedings are closed to the public.

Check tomorrow’s edition of The Messenger for results from the grand jury proceedings.