Thursday, April 1, 2010
Arrests made in kidnapping, assault
By SUE WATSON
Four people have been arrested and charged in a March 21 incident where a Marshall County man was kidnapped, robbed, and assaulted, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The wife of the victim is one of the four charged in the incident, which stemmed from an argument between the newly married couple at the Marshall County Fairgrounds March 20, he said.
April Elizabeth Burton, 35, of 694 Leewood Road, in Byhalia, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and with domestic violence/aggravated assault, Dickerson said.
Three others in addition to the wife were also arrested. Lee Arthur Buford, 34, of 82 Mockingbird Lane, Markivius Mims, 27, of 166 Marcon Farms Road, and Adrian Newsom, 27, of 662 Vinson Road, all of Byhalia, are charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and armed robbery, according to the sheriff.
Newsom left the state and has waived extradition rights and will be returned from Texarkana, Texas, to face charges in the incident, the sheriff said.
Newsom, Mims and Buford are being held under $1 million bond while Burton is being held under half a million dollar bond, he said.
Dickerson said the victim was found behind a residence in DeSoto County after he was able to escape from a couple of the suspects listed above. The victim had been taken at gunpoint from his residence the early morning of March 21 after he was robbed of the money in his billfold and several other items in his residence. He was also beaten severely with a handgun by one of the suspects, the sheriff said.
The investigation led authorities to believe that Burton conspired with the three other suspects to do bodily harm to her husband following an argument between the husband and wife at the fairgrounds Saturday. The couple had been married since January 2010, he said.
Dickerson said the investigation into the crime was greatly facilitated by tips and information provided by the public. Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted in the location of Newsom, Dickerson said.
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