Lee County Circuit court's docket jammed

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Fifteen sentencings are scheduled so far during the May term of circuit court in Lee County, the docket shows.
Among them are Quatero Middlebrooks, convicted of depraved heart murder, and Emmanuel March, convicted of kidnapping and burglary of a dwelling.
The term begins May 3 in the Lee County Justice Center.
While information wasn’t available Monday about whether any trials will be held during the 24-day term, 286 cases are set for call before judges James Roberts, Thomas Gardner, Paul Funderburk and “Jim” Seth Pounds.
Nearly 300 defendants are scheduled to be arraigned, which is where they hear the charges against them and enter a plea.
Drug and false pretenses cases dominate the docket, but among the others are:
– Randle Marcus, charged with depraved heart murder, set for call May 10.
– Gary Smith, charged with DUI death, set for call May 10.
– Bobby Brinker, charged with murder, set for call May 13.
– William Andrew Francis, charged with culpable negligence manslaughter, set for call May 13.
– Anthony Ruff, false reporting of a bomb, set for call May 17.
– Ivory Miller and DeAngelo Miller, charged with burglary and larceny, and four counts of armed robbery, set for call May 18.
– Justin D. Springer and Greg L. Kelly, charged with capital murder, set for call May 24.
– James Curry, charged with two counts of kidnapping, set for call May 24.
– Jonathan D. Sachse, charged with DUI death and DUI maiming, set for call May 24.
Francis is accused in the death of a state trooper during a high-speed chase in north Lee County.
Among the more unusual charges on the docket are voyeurism, cyberstalking via e-mail threats, training a dog to fight and exposure to HIV.
These cases are prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office.