Judge revokes bond on DUI-Death defendant Brandon

By Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal

TUPELO – Wesley Brandon will be held in jail until his Lee County trial surrounding the 2011 vehicular death of John E. Bell.
This morning, Circuit Judge James L. Roberts Jr. agreed with prosecutor John Weddle that Brandon’s $35,000 bond be revoked after hearing that the 31-year-old Belden man was arrested last February on a charge of possession of heroin.
He was taken into custody immediately.
State law allows for the revocation of bond if a person charged with a felony is indicted on for a felony crime. An indictment is a formal criminal charge made by a grand jury.
A Lee County grand jury indicted Brandon on April 18 on a DUI-death charge in Bell’s May 14, 2011, death. Ten days later, he was arraigned, pleaded not guilty and posted a $50,000 appearance bond.
The motion to revoke his bond, filed May 23 by the District Attorney’s Office, states that 11 days after Bells’ death, Brandon was released from the Lee County Jail on $250,000 bond.
His release now, the motion insists, “would constitute a special danger” to people and the community.
Brandon is represented by Tupelo attorney Frank Russell.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com