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February 20, 2015

Manslaughter Arrest in Yazoo City

On Wednesday, 28-year-old Eric Terrell Rogers died as a result of injures sustained in a shooting that happened in Yazoo City. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Rogers was shot in the chest. Although he was taken to King's Daughter Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting. Initial witness reports indicate that this could have been an accidental shooting, but very few details have been released. Eric Alton Lee has been charged with manslaughter.

Manslaughter Charges in Jackson

If you or a loved one has been charged with manslaughter or any criminal offense in or around the Jackson area, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates understand that sometimes "good people make bad choices." They have decades of real experience helping people solve their legal problems.

February 13, 2015

Aggravated Assault in Jackson

On Friday, a Jackson resident was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 31-year-old Christopher Wilson was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He will have five years to serve, five years suspended and three years of post-release supervision. His sentencing was delayed since the jury found him guilty in court a month ago.

Victim Stabbed 27 Times

Wilson, in addition to four other co-defendants, were accused of stabbing another pre-trial detainee 27 times while they were inside the Hinds County Detention Center. The victim, who survived the attack, was able to identify the assailants. The article didn't report on what sentences or other charges the co-defendants were also facing.

Assault Charges in Jackson

Circumstances can vary widely from case to case. An arrest for assault can happen in bar fights, domestic disputes and even in correctional holding facilities. While most simple assault charges involve minor fisticuff, slaps or shoves, aggravated assault typically involves weapons and or much greater harm to the other party involved. Aggravated assaults, whether they involve traditional weapons or not, can leave victims in the hospital with severe injuries. This isn't your average bar fight. Listed below are just a few examples of different types of aggravated assault.

Examples of Aggravated Assault

• Stabbing somebody
• Shooting somebody
• Beating somebody with a blunt object
• Using your automobile as a weapon
• Beating and injury somebody very badly
• Using a rope or similar object to choke a person
• Using any type of ordinary everyday object to hurt somebody with

When to Call a Lawyer

After any kind of arrest, whether it's simple assault, aggravated assault or some other type of crime, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Public defenders are overburdened with enormous caseloads. You need an attorney with the time, resources and skills to devote to your freedom and future.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

February 6, 2015

Homicide Suspect Arrested in Jackson

Earlier this week, a man wanted in connection with a triple homicide was arrested in the Metro area. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 19-year-old Isaac Tiharihondi was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. without incident by a law enforcement task force. He's accused of killing three people in Houston, Texas, whose bodies were discovered on Monday.

Capital Murder Charges

At this time, he's facing two counts of capital murder. Autopsy results are still pending, and this case is still under investigation with authorities. He is currently being detained in the Hinds County Detention Center, but will likely be extricated to Harris County soon.

Homicide Arrests in Jackson

If you or a loved one is facing homicide charges in Jackson or the surrounding areas, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have years of experience helping people who are charged with criminal offenses. Managing partner Merrida Coxwell has over 35 years helping people with criminal charges. If you need assistance call at 601-948-1600.

January 30, 2015

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Jackson

A suspect has been arrested in connection with multiple burglaries in Jackson this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, law enforcement authorities were on the scene at a Southbrook Drive residence on Wednesday morning making the arrest. Very few details have been released about the crimes or the arrest.

The suspect allegedly stole items from multiple residences in the area and then posted those items for sale on social media websites. WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that there were shots fired on the scene of the arrest, but they didn't know if they were from law enforcement or somebody else.

If you or a loved one is facing burglary charges, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have years of real experience helping people solve real problems.

January 23, 2015

Football Players Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Just after midnight on Thursday, two Ole Miss football players were arrested for disorderly conduct. There's no word on the circumstances of the arrests, but according to WJTV News Channel 12, they were arrested and booked in Lafayette County.

Safety Trae Elston and receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct late that evening. Elston was also charged with resisting arrest. Very few details have been released about the incident, but we do know that as of noon the next day, they were still in jail.

Disorderly Conduct Arrest

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Call the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today for experienced representation.

January 16, 2015

Four Arrested for Carjacking

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, four people were arrested in connection with at least three carjackings that happened around Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Malcolm Henderson, Quindarius Love, Dontario Rosell and Marlon Perry were arrested. Very few details have been released on why these four people were arrested, but law enforcement apparently said they were able to obtain reliable information connecting them to three separate armed carjacking incidents.

These suspects may also be facing additional charges, and WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that there may be more arrests associated with these crimes. Car jacking is a very serious offense in Mississippi. First, it is considered a violent offense so the benefits granted to a non-violent person in prison are not granted to someone who commits a violent crime. Next, car jacking without a weapon carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000.00 dollar fine or both. A car jacking with a weapon carries up to a $10,000.00 dollar fine and up to 30 years in prison or both.If it is your second offense, the penalty is doubled.

I am amazed at how little value people place on their own life. Stealing a car by violence or the use of a deadly weapon is going to put a person in prison for a long, long time. Is it really worth it? Of course not, that is a rhetorical question. Hard work may not get you every thing you want as fast as you want, but crime will put you somewhere fast where you won't want to go.

If you or a loved one is facing carjacking charges, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your defense. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC can be reached at (601) 948-1600. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have a combined experience level equal to about a 100 years. Their experience is real experience helping doctors, lawyers, judges, politicians, and hundreds upon hundreds of working men and women who made a mistake and got into trouble with the law. Put their real experience at work for you. Call 601-948-1600 or send them an e mail through their website.

January 9, 2015

Drug Arrest in Rankin County

Officials Seized 17 Pounds of Cocaine

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, a law enforcement task force seized 17 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop in Rankin County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at about 4:00 p.m. on Interstate 20, near mile marker 62.

Traffic Stop Turned Drug Bust

Very few details have been released, but we do know that a red Chevrolet pickup truck was pulled over for a traffic violation, and the driver, Adrian Rojas-Jaimes, was arrested. Apparently, the deputies suspected the vehicle had drugs or contraband and searched the vehicle. They reportedly found 17 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth about $250,000 wholesale or about $700,000 street value. Multiple agencies handled this arrest.

Cocaine and Drug Arrests in Jackson

This wasn't a small amount of cocaine. Although WJTV News Channel 12 reported that Rojas-Jaimes was charged with possession, he's likely facing additional charges on top of that. It's not a stretch to see somebody in this type of situation also charged with intent to distribute or additional similar charges. This isn't a small-time misdemeanor case.

Felony Drug Charges

Any more than 0.1 grams of cocaine, and you could be facing felony charges. This means you're looking at one year in jail, minimum. With mandatory minimums and the War on Drugs, you could be facing an extensive amount of time behind bars. Felony charges don't just go away either, you need to have a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side for the best possible outcome. If you were busted during a traffic stop, your attorney is going to do everything possible to determine if the stop and search were conducted legally. Getting your case thrown out needs to be your lawyer's top priority.

When to Call a Lawyer

When it comes to felony drug charges, don't rest your fate in the hands of a busy, overburdened public defense attorney. He or she will not have the kind of time or resources to devote to your freedom. If you or a loved one is facing felony possession or intent to distribute charges, contact the highly experienced, successful team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a consultation today. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have years of experience helping people. Managing partner Merrida Coxwell has over thirty-five (35) years helping people arrested for criminal offenses and who have been injured in serious accidents. Partner Chuck Mullins has twenty two (22) years helping people arrested or hurt in accidents. Casey Farmer, the newest associate, has adapted to defending people charged with crimes like a duck takes to water. If you want a team with real experience who can show you their experience, rather than an internet lawyer who claims to have experience, contact Coxwell & Associates at 601-948-1600.

December 23, 2014

Jackson Man Wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault

Law enforcement officers in Jackson are currently trying to locate a suspect who is wanted for murder and aggravated assault. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 19-year-old James Christopher Hunter II was shot and killed near the intersection of Robinson Road and Loflin Drive over the weekend. Another person with Hunter was also injured during the shooting incident and was placed on life support at UMC.

Very few details of the case have been released, but we do know that police officers are looking for Lovell Sheriff in connection with the murder and aggravated assault. If you or a loved one is facing murder charges or felony aggravated assault charges, contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to make sure your rights are being protected.

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December 12, 2014

Deadly Shooting on Primos Avenue

On Thursday evening, an apparent domestic dispute left one man dead on Primos Avenue. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime after 8:00 p.m. in the 800 block of Primos Avenue. Although very few details have been released, we know that 29-year-old Mario Tarrio was shot and killed inside of a house. At this time, his cousin, Melvin Tarrio, is being treated as a suspect. There's no word on whether or not any charges have been filed or what the motive could have been.

Incident Still Under Investigation with Authorities

According to the Jackson Police Department (JPD), the investigation is ongoing. Since we don't know the circumstances of what happened inside of the house, there's no telling if and when charges will be filed. At this time, it's also unclear what the struggle was about or which of the two men originally produced the gun.

Homicide Charges in Mississippi

The State of Mississippi takes murder and homicide incredibly serious. If convicted, you could be facing harsh sentences including up to life in prison with or without parole or even the death penalty. In addition to lengthy prison sentences, you could also be facing hefty fines. The best possible outcome of your case starts with contacting a proven criminal defense lawyer to advise and represent you during the lengthy and complicated legal process.

When to Call a Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with murder, you need to call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. No matter what the circumstances of your individual case were, proven and skilled representation is an absolute necessity. In Mississippi, people who are accused of murder could be facing up to life in prison or even the death penalty. Whether you've been charged or you've just been named as a suspect, getting in touch with a lawyer needs to be your first priority. Don't count on an overburdened public defender to have the time or resources available to aggressively defend your rights. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC send their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mario Tarrio.

December 5, 2014

25 Pounds of Marijuana Confiscated During Drug Arrest

Earlier this week, officers with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) confiscated 25 pounds of pot during an arrest. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened off of Interstate 55. Narcotics officers were allegedly given a tip about a huge drug bust. Although very few details about the investigation and arrest have been made available, we do know that law enforcement officers arrested 39-year-old Alrick Manning during a traffic stop, after finding money in his car.

$28,000 Worth of Marijuana Found

Investigators and trained drug-search dogs then went to the hotel room where Manning was staying, the Extended Stay on I-55. WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that they found 25 pounds of weed and about $23,000 in cash. The street value of the marijuana is estimated at about $28,000. No information has been released about the charges facing Manning or whether or not he has been released on bail.

Drug Bust Arrests in Jackson

Depending upon the amount of drugs you're busted with and what type, you could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Jackson. In Mississippi, 30 grams or less of Marijuana is a misdemeanor. Anything over that, and you're looking at felony charges and potentially heavy sentences. In larger quantities, you can be hit with a variety of additional charges too, like intent to distribute and paraphernalia.

Mandatory Minimums

With the so-called "War on Drugs" and truth-in-sentencing laws, even first time offenders can get slapped with lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. It doesn't matter if you've never been arrested before in your life. You could be facing ten years or more in a federal penitentiary, for what basically could have been a victimless crime.

When to Call a Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has arrested and charged with felony possession or intent to distribute, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the better. Don't waste time working with an overburdened public defender, call the proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today.

November 26, 2014

Aggravated Assault Arrests in Vicksburg

On Tuesday, two people were arrested in connection with a shooting that happened in Vicksburg over the weekend. According to WJTV News Channel 12, three people were shot at a house party around midnight, in the 3100 block of Washington. All three victims were treated and released from the hospital.

Billdevon Shelton, 18-years-old, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday, and 21-year-old Roderick Burden Jr. was also arrested and charged with felon being in possession of a firearm. Very few details have been released about the arrest, but WJTV News Channel 12 did report that the investigation is ongoing. If you or a loved one has been charged with aggravated assault, contact the skilled criminal defense lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today.

November 21, 2014

MSU Football Player Arrested

Early Friday morning, a defensive back for the Mississippi State University's football team was arrested in connection with a domestic violence and burglary call. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime around 3:00 a.m. at the Aspen Heights apartment complex on Rocky Road.

Justin Cox, 21 years old, was arrested on the scene and charged with aggravated domestic violence and suspicion of burglary of a dwelling. Very few details have been released, but WJTV News did report that there was a woman with a head injury on the scene.

If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence or burglary charges, contact an experienced and proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer questions about your case.

November 14, 2014

Woman Arrested in Pearl for 20 Pounds of Heroin

On November 10, 2014, a woman was arrested in Pearl, and 20 pounds of heroin was confiscated during the arrest. It was an estimated $1 million worth of drugs. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on the Monday afternoon around 4:40 p.m. during a traffic stop. Apparently, 46-year-old Ana Yesenia Garcia of Friendswood, Texas was pulled over, and for currently unknown reasons, a search of her vehicle was conducted. Law enforcement officers found 20 bundles of heroin, weighing a combined total of about 20 pounds.

$1 Million in Drugs Seized

Officials estimate that the drugs are valued at over $1 million. Initial reports suspect that it may have been pure white heroin from South America, more specifically, Columbia. At this time, there's no word on why Garcia was stopped in the first place or why her vehicle was searched. Very few details about the arrest have been released. Garcia was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Law enforcement officials believe that this may have been the largest Heroin bust from a traffic stop on record for Mississippi.

Felony Drug Charges in Mississippi

This certainly isn't your average possession case. If you're busted with upwards of 20 pounds of any kind of controlled substance, you're facing drug charges in Federal courts. A variety of drug charges also carry mandatory minimum sentences, which means even first time offenders can get locked up for a very long time, regardless of the circumstances of the case. Additionally, a federal case is going to be much more complicated than a case held in State courts.

After a Drug Arrest

If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver or distribute, you need to call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. Don't trust your freedom and your future to a public defender who does not have the time or resources to make sure your case is successful. Contact the proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a case consultation today at (601) 948-1600.

November 7, 2014

32 Arrested in Marijuana Grow Bust

WJTV News Channel 12 recently issued a press release regarding the arrest of 32 people in association with a statewide marijuana-growing bust. Apparently, this was part of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics' annual anti-marijuana-growing campaign. Very few details have been released, but they're also saying that the pot was being grown in 21 different counties across the state.

Airborne Marijuana Spotters

Officials with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), in association with the Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi Highway Patrol, utilized helicopters and other aircraft in efforts to "spot" grow operations from the air. All in all, ground agents seized 1,367 plants and charged suspects with manufacture of marijuana. This was part of an outdoor domestic cannabis eradication program funded by a grant from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Controversial and Illegal Marijuana Growing Operations

Although the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is slowly becoming legalized across the country, that doesn't impact what's going on in Mississippi. It's still illegal to use and grow marijuana in the state, which means that these 32 suspects are most likely facing felony charges. If convicted, they could be facing harsh sentences in federal court.

When to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of weed or manufacturing cannabis, you need to call a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending upon the charges and how much pot you were arrested with, you could be facing misdemeanor and/or felony charges. You may feel like the system is totally unjust as you see other states across the country allow their citizens to use marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, but in the eyes of the law in Mississippi, you're in hot water.

After a Drug Arrest

If you're facing drug charges, you need to call a lawyer swiftly. Don't trust your fate to an overburdened public defender though. You need to speak with an attorney who will fight for your freedom and your future. It isn't enough for a law firm to just advertise that they have experience. It's absolutely essential to pick a law firm with proven results. At Coxwell & Associates we prove we have experience by putting our cases and successes on our website. The skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer your questions at (877) 231-1600, or locally at 601-948-1600.

October 31, 2014

Two Arrests for Jackson Car Burglary

Two arrests have been made in connection with a car burglary that happened in Jackson on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident occurred around the 4500 block of I-55 north, near Highland Village. Apparently, the burglary involved a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Shortly after the alleged burglary, one of the suspects was apprehended during a traffic stop, and the second suspect was arrested in connection with a residence search in the 100 block of Dewitt Street.

In addition to burglary charges, there were also stolen weapons charges. Law enforcement officials haven't located the third and final suspect associated with the burglary. If you or a loved one is facing any kind of criminal charges, included auto burglary, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a consultation today.