Thursday, January 24, 2008
One dead, two hurt in club shootingBy SUE WATSON
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting at Bossman’s Barbecue early Sunday that left one man dead and two injured, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The club, located on Jamison Road in the Chulahoma area, has had complaints almost since it opened, and the Marshall County Board of Supervisors filed a complaint in circuit court but the case has not yet been heard, he said.
Killed in the shooting was Curtis Montreal Davis, 23, of 1942 Old Highway 4 West, Holly Springs. Injured during the shooting were Rodrick Deshawn Jones, 27, of the Holly Springs area, and club operator/owner James Milan of 7451 Highway 309 South, Dickerson said.
Jones and Milan were taken to the Memphis Med for treatment with Milan thought to have been released Sunday, according to Dickerson.
One or more handguns believed to have been used in the shootings and death were recovered, the sheriff said.
The details of the causes and conditions leading up to the shootings are mysterious at the present time.
Preliminary investigations have led investigators to believe the shootings may have resulted from arguments and words related to alleged illegal gambling at the club.
A case on the Marshall County circuit court docket for several months, filed by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors alleging numerous violations of Mississippi statutes at the club, is expected to be heard within the next 30 days, Dickerson said. The case was brought against the establishment in an effort to close it down permanently, he said.
In an unrelated incident Friday, January 18, sheriff’s investigators made four arrests on drug-related charges and have turned over three children to the Department of Human Services, Dickerson said.
He said Marshall County constable Don Cothern was serving a warrant for a tenant removal at 856 Quinn Road and sheriff’s deputies received a call for assistance.
Patrolling deputies who arrived at the scene noticed several items at the location consistent with an illegal drug manufacturing laboratory and narcotics investigator Gary Byrd was called to the scene.
Several chemicals and chemical precursors used to manufacture crystal methamphetamine and a quantity of crystal methamphetamine were found at the location, Byrd said. The methamphetamine lab was inactive at the time but appeared to have been in recent operation, he said.
Officers called the Department of Human Services after finding a small child at the scene and two other children who were away at school but who lived at the residence.
The Marshall County Youth Court ordered the three children taken into custody and they were placed in temporary foster care services pending a court hearing, Dickerson said.
Four adults were arrested and charged in the incident – Steve Bagwell, 46, of 856 Quinn Road, David Burton, 29, of the same address, and Keith Marshall, 32, of the Horn Lake area, were charged with possession of precursor substances used in the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, and child endangerment.
The mother, Coeli Heiliger, 24, of the 856 Quinn Road address, was taken into custody and charged with child endangerment, Dickerson said.
All four suspects remained in jail Monday pending arraignment in Marshall County justice court Tuesday.
Dickerson said child endangerment charges may be filed against adults when a child is found present or lives in a residence that has been found to have been used to produce illegal drugs such as crystal methamphetamine or crack cocaine.
“When you have children present a separate statute is involved due to their possible exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals,” Dickerson said. “A child has no choice other than to be there and adults or guardians are responsible for the safety of their children.”
The child endangerment charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $10,000, or both, upon conviction, he said.
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