Bond hearing set as circuit court term winds down

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – DUI-Death defendant Wesley Brandon faces a bond revocation hearing Thursday after his arrest was ordered last week.
Brandon, 31, of Belden, was indicted April 18 in the May 2011 vehicular death of John E. Bell. He pleaded not guilty during an April 24 arraignment and later he was released on $50,000 bond to await trial.
Last week, the Lee County Circuit Clerk’s office issued an arrest order to hold Brandon without bond.
In a separate motion to the court, Assistant District Attorney John Weddle said his office seeks revocation of Brandon’s bond because last February, Brandon was arrested on a charge of possession of heroin and released on bond.
A Daily Journal question to the Lee County jail went unanswered Tuesday, although his name is not on the jail’s Internet docket.
The five-week Circuit Court term wraps up this week after two trials, which occupied a total of three weeks.
Most notable was the nine-day proceeding against Thomas James Ward of Saltillo, whose depraved-heart murder trial ended in a hung jury.
Ward insists that 20-year-old Anna Catherine McCoy’s shooting death in 2010 was an accident.
No new information has come from prosecutors about whether they plan to try him again.
Immediately after the trial’s end, District Attorney Trent Kelly said he planned to think about what course to take.
In another trial, Timothy Stratton of Tupelo was found guilty on two counts of sexual battery of a minor female and awaits sentencing.
Among the pending cases, possibly to be taken up during the August court term, is the state’s case against Christopher McCollum, indicted in 2011 in the vehicular death of Austin D. Krosp.
McCollum and his attorney wait on their motion to dismiss or transfer the case to youth court because McCollum was 17 when the accident occurred.
Also continued until August are the depraved-heart murder cases against Andrew Owens and Travon Brown.
Brown is accused in two 2011 shooting deaths. He’s still in jail on $1 million bond.
Owens is not listed on the Lee County jail docket. His bond was set at $50,000 in the 2011 death of Kamari Stoby.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com