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August 21, 2014

Man Arrested after Police Shoot Truck

Recently, an incident that happened in Tchula sent a man to jail after police officers fired at least 11 rounds into his truck. According to WJTV News Channel 12, on the night of August 8, 53-year-old Earl Anderson was taken to jail after allegedly assaulting an officer with his truck. For whatever reason, Anderson's truck was fired upon by law enforcement officials, no less than 11 times.

Very few details of the case have been released, but Anderson was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, fleeing, public endangerment, reckless driving, open container and driving with a suspended license.

He was taken to Holmes County Jail and booked on a variety of charges. At this time, officials with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a case consultation today.

The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have real experience actually helping people who are charged with criminal offenses. In order to let you see the real experience, the attorneys have cases listed on their web site showing the variety of criminal cases they have handled over the past thirty-four (34) years.

August 14, 2014

Man Arrested in Connection with Stolen Diesel Tank

Earlier this week, a man in Holmes County was arrested in connection with a diesel tank theft ring. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Sylvester Nicholson was allegedly found to be in possession of one of the stolen tanks. At this time, he has only been charged with possession of stolen property.

Authorities are likely trying to determine if he was responsible for the theft. WJTV News also reports that multiple farmers have had thousands of gallons of diesel fuel stolen recently.

If you or a loved one is facing charges of possession of stolen property, burglary or robbery, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Don't take a chance with an overburdened public defender. Trust your future to an experienced lawyer with a proven track record.

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August 7, 2014

Stolen Weapons Arrest in Rankin County

An arrest has been made in a case involving stolen weapons and other items from two homes in Rankin County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 31-year-old Charles Niklos Ray was arrested by officials with the Hinds and Rankin County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday morning.

He allegedly stole guns, ammunition, an ATV and other items from two unoccupied houses last Friday. Authorities report receiving a tip that Ray was at a hotel in Jackson, prior to the arrest.

They are also trying to connect Ray with an abandoned truck found in the woods off Highway 25, in which some of the stolen items were found. Not all of the stolen property has been accounted for, and law enforcement officials are still conducting an investigation. If you or a loved one is facing burglary or robbery charges, contact the experienced criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today.

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August 6, 2014

Convicted in the Court of Public Opinion

A few weeks ago, some friends and I got together for our once-a-month book club and the topic of conversation turned to the much-publicized Georgia case involving a father charged with murder for the death of his two year old son. If you aren't familiar with the case, a quick Google search will give you more information than you probably ever wanted or needed to know about Justin Harris, the accused father. You'll see information about his internet history, his employment history, his eating habits on the day of his son's death, and you'll see articles about the text messages he was sending that day. The text messages are where our book club conversation spurred this blog post.

jurybox.jpgBecause I am a defense attorney, I realize that my view of those accused of crimes is somewhat different than most of the public. I try to give those accused the benefit of the doubt, and I always keep in mind that the media--whether it's Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, or a local blogger--rarely has 100% of the facts. Or if they do have 100% of the facts, they are not knowledgeable about which facts are applicable to the case at hand. When I heard about the tragic death of two-year-old Cooper Harris after being left in a hot car after his father seemingly forgot about him, I was particularly doubtful that this was murder. While I'm not a parent (except to two dogs), I hear that it's a pretty exhausting, full-time job--on top of your other full-time job. I also know that my mom has told a story about the time she drove all the way to work with me in the backseat of the car, and it wasn't until she reached around to grab her purse did she see me strapped in the car seat and realized she had forgotten to drop me off. So I could easily imagine a scenario when something like Cooper Harris' death might occur. A tragedy? No doubt. But murder?

As the story unfolded and the media attention increased, Justin Harris was charged with felony murder and child abuse for the death of his son. I immediately did not agree with this decision and felt it was possibly a response to media hype. Then details started to emerge--and the way they were portrayed in the media did not make Mr. Harris look very good. There was live coverage of his preliminary hearing, and by the end of it, there probably weren't many people who didn't think Justin Harris was a no-good, murderous scumbag who deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison--or worse. The only problem with this opinion is that it comes way, way too early in the judicial process.

There have been posts on this blog about preliminary hearings, and the topic alone could cover one blog post (Merrida and Chuck--that's my topic for next time--don't steal it!), but here's a very brief, simple rundown. A preliminary hearing is also known as a probable cause hearing. They teach entire classes in law school on what constitutes probable cause and what probable cause really means, but all you need to know is this: at a preliminary hearing, the judge will decide whether it is more likely than not, based on the evidence presented, that a crime has been committed. If he or she determines that it is more likely than not that a crime was committed, then he or she has also determined there is probable cause for the charges.

At preliminary hearings, typically excluded evidence--like hearsay--is admissible to show probable cause, even if it will be excluded during the actual guilt phase. At Justin Harris' preliminary hearing, law enforcement presented evidence from Mr. Harris' personal cell phone, showing that during the day, while his son was still in the backseat of the hot car, Mr. Harris was exchanging text messages of a sexual and explicit nature with several different women--none of whom was his wife. Mr. Harris' attorney argued at the preliminary hearing that the evidence of "sexting" had no bearing on the case and was a tool to "publicly shame him." The judge allowed the texting evidence because it tended to show Mr. Harris' state of mind at the time of death. Which brings us back to my book club meeting.

One of my friends--who I in no way fault for her opinion, since it's clearly one the judge shared--was very upset by the fact that Mr. Harris was sexting while his son was dying, and she named this fact as one of the things that led her to believe he was guilty. I interjected that the texting evidence had literally no bearing on his intent to kill his child; it may make him a sleazy person, a horrible husband, and a questionable father, but just because he's adulterous doesn't mean he's a murderer. Most of the people in the book club didn't really agree with me, but that's not ever stopped me before from stating my opinion, so I continued. I told them all that the type of evidence allowed at the preliminary hearing--the text messages--would (or should, to be more accurate) not be allowed in at trial because it is exactly the type of evidence the Rules of Evidence do not allow. Law Books.jpg

Rule 402 of the Mississippi Rules of Evidence states that all relevant evidence is admissible, unless it's excluded elsewhere in the rules, and evidence that is not relevant is not admissible. The first argument against the text message evidence is that it's not relevant to the murder charge. As I said earlier, the fact that Justin Harris was sending explicit photos to women makes him a lot of things, but it does not make him a murderer. The prosecutors argued that the text showed his state of mind at the time--he wasn't thinking about his child--but I find it hard to believe that a parent is thinking about their child 100% of the time. Again, I'm not a parent, so I don't know from personal experience, but the earlier story about my mom leaving me in the car makes me believe it is possible for a parent to take her mind off her child and not want to kill it.

Rule 403 excludes evidence that may be relevant if it might cause unfair prejudice to the defendant. If we were to believe that the text messaging evidence has some sort of relevance to the murder charge, then it almost certainly should be excluded under Rule 403. The mere fact that my book club friend weighed it so heavily in her mind is proof of the fact that it is unfairly prejudicial to Mr. Harris. The key issue in the murder case will be the intent to leave the child in the car, and the explicit text messages are simply nothing more than character evidence to make jurors hate Mr. Harris. It is easy to believe someone is a murderer if you already think he's a bad guy for other reasons.

Which brings me to Rule 404. Rule 404 excludes evidence of the accused's character if it is being used to show that he is a bad person, and so he must have been being a bad person at the time in question, too. There are times when character evidence and evidence of "other bad acts" are allowed--when showing motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, knowledge, identity, or absence of mistake or accident. This blog post is already a little long, so I won't apply each of these exceptions to the Harris messages, but I will reiterate what I've already said: doing bad things at one time does not prove that you've done them a second time. The Rules of Evidence support that argument, and they are meant to prevent the type of poisonous thinking that the media feeds into.

I've inundated you with information in this post, and I hope you've stuck with me to the end. If there's one thing I want you to take away from this post, it is this: think about what you read or hear from the media. Think about the judicial system and the way you would want it to work if you ever found yourself accused of a crime. Would you want every text message you've ever sent or every internet search you've ever conducted to be splashed across the homepage of CNN? The Rules of Evidence and Rules of Procedure were created to protect defendants--yes, even the guilty ones--from unfairly prejudicial and irrelevant evidence. Justin Harris may be a bad husband and a sleazeball, but even bad people love their children. It is best to leave the determination of his guilt to the jurors charged with hearing the case--because unfortunately, the court of public opinion doesn't protect the accused from unfairly prejudicial and irrelevant evidence.

July 23, 2014

Multiple Drug and Burglary Arrests in Clinton

Last week, at least nine arrests were made in connection with a burglary and drug raid in Clinton. According to WJTV News Channel 12, a burglary at the Shell convenience store on Clinton Boulevard and a drug raid at a house on Suzy Lane were connected through various suspects. Initial reports indicate that nine people were arrested in connection those crimes and a variety of other crimes around Jackson.

Shell Store Burglarized

At around 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning, the Shell store on Clinton Boulevard was burglarized by two suspects. Law enforcement officers did acquire in-store video footage of the suspects. One of the suspects apparently had a distinctive tattoo.

Suzy Lane Drug Bust

On Monday evening, officers took Edward Burtts into custody as a result of a drug bust on Suzy Lane. Because of a tattoo, they allegedly connected Burtts to the Shell store burglary and other burglaries around South Clinton. An additional suspect, William E. Weeden, was also taken into custody in connection with the burglary.

Seven Additional Arrests

Law enforcement officials from various agencies made an additional seven arrests in connection with these two incidents and other crimes. Additional charges from the Jackson Police Department, Hinds County Sherriff's Department and the Madison Sherriff's Office may be pending.

Drug Arrests

Some of the suspects are facing a variety of charges ranging from possession of paraphernalia to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. With mandatory minimums, even the mildest of these charges could carry heavy penalties, so accused parties should contact experienced criminal defense attorneys with proven drug case experience swiftly for the best possible outcome.

Burglary Arrests

It sounds like both Edward Burtts and William Weeden are facing multiple charges from various jurisdictions, with additional charges pending. Burglary, larceny and robbery convictions can also carry heavy sentences, so it would be unwise to trust your case to an inexperienced attorney or an overburdened public defender. Nothing is more important than making sure your rights are being protected during a criminal case. Whether you're facing misdemeanor or felony charges in state or Federal courts, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible for the best representation.

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July 16, 2014

Drug Bust in Hinds County

On Sunday, a drug bust in Hinds County landed 41-year-old Anthony Demond Thompson in jail. The incident happened at around 7:00 p.m. at 557 Kirkley Drive in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, deputies found five pounds of high grade marijuana, scales, cell phones and a small caliber hand gun during their search. Thompson's mother was also questioned on the scene. Very few details have been released about this bust, which is being called an ongoing investigation. WJTV News did report that law enforcement authorities are hoping to arrest more people in combination with this bust.

After a Drug Arrest

After any kind of arrest involving drugs, whether you're facing state or federal charges, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can ascertain whether or not you were lawfully searched and be your advocate during this difficult time. Even first-time nonviolent offenders can face heavy sentences due to mandatory minimums.

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July 9, 2014

Madison County Drug Arrest

Last week, a man in Madison County was arrested for allegedly having 10 pounds of marijuana and 125 doses of ecstasy in his possession. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Fred Carvin Jr. was charged with possession of marijuana and ecstasy with intent to distribute. He was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

The arrest happened on I-55 near exit 125. Apparently, he was pulled over, and law enforcement officials claimed to have smelled marijuana in the vehicle, which Carvin denies. They searched the automobile and found a small bag of marijuana and then found 10 pounds in the trunk along with the ecstasy.

Due to the amount of Marijuana involved, if convicted Carvin could face very stiff sentencing, even if he's a first time offender. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today.

The State of Mississippi recently enacted H.B. 585 which made substantial changes in many criminal punishments. However substantial amounts of drugs still carry very harsh punishments. This gentlemen needs to get legal counsel immediately.

Merrida Coxwell and Charles Mullins are two (2) of the partners at Coxwell & Associates. Both are experienced attorneys due to the number of cases they have handled and the complexity of cases. While many other lawyers advertise "they have experience" a search of their legal backgrounds show otherwise. A search of Merrida Coxwell and Chuck Mullins on Google produces page after page of stories about real cases. If you have a criminal problem or have incurred a serious injury, call Merrida Coxwell or Chuck Mullins at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC.

July 3, 2014

I-55 Drug Bust in Jackson

On Tuesday night, three people were arrested in a drug bust on I-55. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the three suspects, Jill Norman, Niesha Moore and Brandy Cain, were all charged with possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia. Two of the suspects were booked in the Hinds County Jail and released. The third suspect allegedly had an outstanding warrant and was taken to the Rankin County Jail.

WJTV News reports that this is an ongoing investigation, and officials with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics expect to make additional arrests. Very few details about the bust have been released, but if you or a loved one is facing drug possession and paraphernalia charges, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today. Whether you're facing charges in federal or state court, our experienced defense attorneys are ready to fight for your rights.

June 27, 2014

MHP Chopper Locates Eleven Marijuana Plants

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety's (DPS) new helicopter took its maiden-mission flight. By 3:30 p.m., 11 marijuana plants were located and seized. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) is working with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in an attempt to eradicate marijuana growth around the state. This particular mission was conducted in Tchula.

No information was released on whether or not any charges were made, so it's possible that this seizure was conducted without any arrests. If you or a loved one is facing drug procession or trafficking charges of any kind, at the state or federal level, contact the skilled attorneys at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (228) 248-1600 for a case consultation today.

June 27, 2014

Cocaine Possession Arrest in Vicksburg

Last week, a 20-year-old Vicksburg man was arrested for possession of cocaine. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Karllandys Demichael Clark was arrested during a traffic stop. As of last Friday, he was being held without bond and awaiting his initial court appearance at the Issaquena County Correctional Facility. According to WJTV News, law enforcement officers found a bottle containing crack cocaine and powder cocaine during a traffic stop which happened at Drummond and Realty Streets.

Inequality and The War on Drugs

Sadly, the so-called "War on Drugs" does little more than highlight the overwhelming inequality for people of various social classes across the country. With more people in prisons and jails than ever, and increasingly high recidivism rates, it's easy to study the war on drugs as socio-economical class warfare. One of the clearest examples of the war on drug's class-warfare agenda is how different sentences, mandatory minimums and punishments are utilized for different types of drugs. Typically, drug forms that are used more often by people in lower socio-economic classes often carry much higher sentences. A good example of this inequality is the difference between an arrest for cocaine and an arrest for crack cocaine.

Crack Versus Cocaine Charges

Sentencing and mandatory minimums are often much higher for drug cases where crack cocaine is involved than where traditional cocaine is involved. In the early 1990's the general public was lead to believe that crack was infinitely more dangerous than cocaine, and harsher sentences were adopted. The same can be said for methamphetamine sentencing as well. Both of these drugs share a common theme, they're typically used by people who are in a lower socio-economic category than say, powder cocaine drug users or even marijuana users, in some cases.

What to do After a Drug Arrest

After any drug arrest, is absolutely critical to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can be your advocate during a difficult time. Don't trust your fate to an overburdened public defender. Depending on what type of drug was involved, you could be looking at a minimum of 10 years for certain charges, even if you're a first-time offender. Contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for skilled representation in state and federal court at (228) 248-1600.

June 20, 2014

MBN Drug Bust

$100K MBN Drug Bust
On Wednesday, a drug-bust involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies landed a Gulf Coast man in jail. According to WJTV News Channel 12, over $100,000 in marijuana was seized, along with over $40,000 in cash, eight firearms and two automobiles. Clifton Barry Hall, 60 years old, of D'Iberville, was arrested earlier in the day, prior to the big bust. He allegedly had more than a kilogram of marijuana on him and was charged with intent to distribute.
Hall is being held on a $25,000 bond at the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility. At this time, very few details about this drug bust have been released. WJTV News reports that this arrest was somehow connected to a 10-month investigation being conducted by local, state and federal authorities. If you or a loved one is facing state or federal drug charges, contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (228) 248-1600 today.

June 20, 2014

Do You Know Your Rights?

Everybody knows what "pleading the fifth" means, but do you really understand your rights? If you're pulled over by a police officer or taken into custody, do you know what to do? Chances are, you may have a pretty good idea, but you're still a little fuzzy on the details. After all, you know you have the right to remain silent, but that's easier said than done, when an imposing authority figure begins drilling you with questions. Nobody can take your rights away from you. Should you ever be arrested, detained or questioned for any reason you need to have a full and complete understanding of your rights.

Just the Basics

• The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures.
• The Fifth Amendment protects an individual's right against self-incrimination.

The Fourth Amendment: Just the Facts

Under the Fourth Amendment, you do have the right to refuse consent of car or home searches. You don't have to consent to a search, just because a police officer asks you. In the eyes of the law, a seizure must be reasonable. Did the officer use physical force or a show of authority? Were you detained? In some cases, it may be difficult to recognize a show of authority.

Need to Know: Fifth Amendment

Under the Fifth Amendment, you do have the right not to speak with police officers. If you're being arrested, ask to contact your lawyer. Even if you've been read your "Miranda Rights," you still might think it's okay to talk to police officers. Don't throw away your right against self incrimination. Instead of talking to the police, talk to your lawyer.

Protecting Your Rights

More often than you would think, a misunderstanding of one's rights can land them in jail or prison. In addition to understanding and exercising your Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, skilled representation is an absolute necessity. The most important thing you can do after any arrest is contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. If your rights have been violated, or evidence has been obtained unlawfully, an experienced criminal defense attorney can file a motion to suppress the illegally-obtained evidence and help protect your rights. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime at the state or federal level, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for experienced representation.

June 17, 2014

Warren County Church Break-in

Last week, two men were arrested for stealing various items from a church, a farm and a hunting camp in Warren County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 23-year-old Brian Odom and 21-year-old Gary Guillot allegedly broke into Bovina Baptist Church, Oxbow Hunting Camp and Red Bird Farms. They've been charged with grand larceny, burglary and two counts of business burglary.

They're accused of stealing a variety of different items including an 88-inch TV and four wheelers. The Warren County Sheriff's Office is also trying to determine if anybody knowingly purchased the allegedly stolen goods from the suspects. The new law going into effect July 01, 2014, will define house burglary as a violent crime. This means the person would have to serve at least 50% of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

If you're facing any kind of burglary or larceny charges, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for a free case consultation today.

June 16, 2014

21 Marijuana Plants Found in Attala Home

Last week, 21 marijuana plants were found in an Attala County home. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 25-year-old Mickele Roby was arrested on Thursday and charged with manufacture of marijuana. Apparently, law enforcement officers were at the home serving an unrelated warrant when they found the plants, two handguns and various pieces of growing equipment. Roby's bond was set at $5,000.

The War on Drugs

The privatization of prisons and the war on drugs have made locking up non-violent drug offenders a booming business. First-time and non-violent offenders can be locked up virtually indefinitely depending upon the amount of drugs they're charged with. The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) estimates that about 2.4 million people are locked up in the United States. The War on Drugs and mandatory minimums can largely be thanked for this disturbingly high number of incarcerated Americans.

Mandatory Minimums

Mandatory minimum sentences are common in drug cases at the Federal level. This means that if you've been charged with a certain crime, there is a mandatory prison sentence involved. They don't look at individual circumstances or take into account your unique situation. The judge doesn't have any discretion when mandatory minimums are involved. If convicted, you have to serve a sentence that does little to rehabilitate or foster a better future for reducing recidivism. It's important to note that the harshest penalties are given in cases where crack cocaine and crystal meth are involved. Of course, these cases hand out the harshest sentences to individuals that often lack the resources to hire skilled representation.

The Mississippi Legislature has recently passed new laws that slightly lower some of the punishments for drug offenses and require the greater use of drug courts. For too many years first offenders have been incarcerated instead of utilizing drug courts. While the Legislature could have gone further than they did, the new law is a good first start.

What to Do After a Drug Arrest

After a drug arrest of any kind, it's important to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer with a proven record in both state courts and Federal District Court. Depending upon the amount of drugs seized, you could be facing mandatory minimums of 10 years or more, even if this is your first arrest. Don't leave your fate to chance. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today. Our experienced team can represent you in both Mississippi state courts and Federal District Court. Our number-one priority is helping you achieve the most favorable resolution possible for your unique situation.

February 20, 2014

Need some help with a criminal case in Mississippi?

crime.jpgIf you are a frequent reader of my blogs (which I highly doubt you are) you will know that my law partner and mentor, Merrida Coxwell (nee "Buddy") is always urging me to blog about the cases I am fortunate enough to win. His theory is that people will see that we help people and more people will want to come and see us at Coxwell & Associates. Now this is a sound theory. What better way to market your skills than to let prospective clients know about your victories? Now Merrida is a marketing guru and he is the firm's Rainmaker. (For what it's worth, "The Rainmaker" was the best movie adaptation of all of John Grisham's books. If you haven't seen it I strongly suggest you watch it. But I digress.) My problem is I view posting such things as "bragging" and for all of my many shortcomings, I hate to brag. However, I do recognize that the legal field is a service industry and we have to let the public know what we do. So with that being said please allow me to tell you about one of my recent cases.

I had a client, we'll call him "Bobby" in order to protect his name. Bobby is a fine young man who is an artist at painting cars. You can see his artwork displayed all over Jackson. Well, Bobby found himself in a pickle and one of my former clients suggested that he come see me.

Bobby had just been arrested for murder. The facts showed that Bobby was going over to an apartment to get his hair cut. However, when he stepped into the apartment he was ambushed by several other men. It was a classic setup. Bobbyy was shot in the stomach during the fight. One of the other men who had been waiting to jump him was killed. Bobby was able to escape from the apartment and run down the street. Two men chased after him and fired at him and with automatic weapons. Bobby's friend came out to help him and was shot and killed. Before Bobby passed out, he was able to call 911 and report the incident. Bobby was taken to the hospital where the doctors worked frantically to save his life. They were not able to take the bullet out however.

Jackson Police detectives did a really good job of investigating the scene. They secured all the shells and projectiles and found one handgun left on scene. One detective wisely swabbed this weapon for possible DNA which came into play later. The witnesses who were interviewed gave inconsistent versions of what transpired; some flat out lied. The witnesses all stated that Bobby had been the aggressor and that he killed their friend.

Once Bobby was indicted I was able to obtain the police reports and the 911 call. Right away you could tell that the physical evidence did not match up with what the witnesses were saying. Bobby submitted to a DNA analysis and his DNA was not on the weapon which was found at the crime scene. The weapon was the one which was used to shoot Bobby. Further, the physical evidence showed that Bobby was shot at over 20 times by the men who were in the apartment.

The Hinds County District Attorney's office was also skeptical. They took a very hard look at the evidence as well and concluded that Bobby was actually a victim. Two of the men in the apartment were indicted for aggravated assault and the murder of Bobby's friend. The eyewitnesses recanted their statements. Bobby's charges were eventually dismissed.

Bobby's case was a classic example of being betrayed by people he thought were his friends. It's a good thing that Bobby was fortunate enough to have good lawyers working for him and also that the prosecutors kept an open mind.

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