By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Convicted businessman Ray Shoemaker faces a March 12 hearing over an alleged altercation with a U.S. marshal.
Last Friday, a federal jury found Shoemaker, 38, of Tupelo guilty on 10 counts in a kickback-bribery case related to Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, where he once was chief executive officer.
Court records show that Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Quarrels said in a sworn statement that investigator Sammy Aldridge told him Shoemaker confronted him during a break in the trial March 1 outside the third-floor courtroom.
Quarrels stated a video of the alleged incident shows that Shoemaker struck Aldridge in the midsection with his hand.
Aldridge told him, Quarrels said, that Shoemaker demeaned the investigation against him, called Aldridge a “racist” and a “white racist redneck cracker m…f…”
The marshal also claimed Aldridge told him he smelled the odor of alcohol on Shoemaker’s breath.
Shoemaker reportedly asked Aldridge what kind of automobile he drives, which Aldridge took as a threat to him as a potential witness in the ongoing trial.
Magistrate Judge S. Allen Alexander presided over an initial hearing for Shoemaker immediately after the jury verdict in the other case.
While she allowed Shoemaker to continue his bond in that case, she ordered him not to use alcohol.
Shoemaker still faces federal prosecution on one count of embezzlement from Humphreys County Hospital while he was administrator there.
That count was separated from the Tri-Lakes case prior to trial.
Shoemaker and co-defendant, Batesville businessman Lee Garner, who was found guilty on four counts, will not be sentenced until completion of a report to guide the sentencing judge.