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Lafayette County grand jury hands down indictments

A Lafayette County man has been indicted for negligent homicide for his role in what local law enforcement ruled an accidental shooting earlier this year.

On Jan. 5, officers responded to a home on Old Taylor Road after a report of a shooting. There they discovered Hunter Escue, 18, unresponsive with obvious injuries from a gunshot wound. He was immediately taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where he was pronounced dead by Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy.

Officers interviewed Austin McLarty, 20, of Lafayette County who said he was the one who called 911. Investigators said the men were handling firearms, when a shot was reportedly fired from Austin’s pistol, striking and killing Hunter.

In January, Oxford Police Chief Joey East said the shooting appeared to be accidental. The two men were first cousins and roommates.

No charges were filed against McLarty by OPD; however the case was sent to the grand jury in June, which formally indicted McLarty of negligent homicide. He was arrested recently and released on a $10,000 bond, according to East.

McLarty is the son of Lafayette County Supervisor Chad McLarty.

Former Anchor employee indicted

A woman whose name once appeared as the contact person for the Anchor Water Association has been indicted for embezzlement.

Jessica Riggs Tidwell, 54, of Water Valley was arrested in March for allegedly stealing about $100,000 from the nonprofit water association.

According to reports, the water association’s board of directors reported to the sheriff’s department that there was a discrepancy in their accounting and that an accountant discovered more than $100,000 was missing.”

Tidwell is accused of taking money over the past five to 10 years.

In April after Tidwell’s arrest board member Bill McGregor said Tidwell was replaced and “all is well.”

Man faces two  extortion charges

A local man was indicted on two charges of extortion for an incident that occurred on March 8.

Investigators say Mark A. Duncan, 28, was using personal and private information not meant for public knowledge against his former girlfriend.

The alleged victim reported that Duncan had been blackmailing her and demanding $7,000 from her to not make the information public. She allegedly paid Duncan some money and when she refused to continue to do so, Duncan allegedly kidnapped her at gunpoint and made her drive him around to various places.

She was eventually let go and she reported the incident to the sheriff’s department. Duncan was arrested in Saltillo by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force after a warrant was issued.

Other indictments handed down during the June grand jury:

— Bobby Conner, 37,  address unavailable. Charges: three counts of aggravated assault

— Kamika Alvarenga, age unavailable, 904 Brittany Drive, Oxford. Charge: false pretense

— Jarvis Carter, 19, 279 CR 101, Oxford. Charge: burglary of a dwelling

— Travian Miller Raleigh, 19, Raleigh. Charges: two counts of burglary of a dwelling

— Malcolm Gaiter, age and address unavailable. Charges: two counts of burglary of a dwelling

— Jalon Kingston, 20, Clinton. Charge: robbery with a weapon

— Dezmond Atkinson, age and address unavailable. Charge: robbery with a weapon

— Kevin Pegues, 29, 217 Robinson Road, Oxford. Charge: aggravated assault

— Torey Clayton, 24, 112 Luther St., Oxford. Charge: vehicle burglary

— Jason Bland, 34, 1202 Debbie Lane, Oxford. Charge: embezzlement

— Randy Hudson, age and address unavailable. Charge: uttering forgery

— Marcus Hilliard, age and address unavailable. Charges: two counts of burglary of a dwelling

— Nicholas Burlison Martin, 19, 719 S. 8th St., Oxford. Charge: trafficking a controlled substance

— Tarek Howell, age and address unavailable. Charge: sale of a controlled substance

— Laurie Perkins, age and address unavailable. Charge: sale of a controlled substance

— Jeffery Martin, age and address unavailable. Charge: sale of a controlled substance

— Vanessa Kelly, age and address unavailable. Charge: sale of a controlled substance

— Cord Tutor, age and address unavailable. Charge: possession of a controlled substance

— Chris Kelly, 22, Nashville, Tennessee. Charge: sale of a controlled substance

— Steven Wilkins, age and address unavailable. Charge: sale of a controlled substance

— Ethel Pegues, age unavailable, 16 CR 286, Oxford. Charges: trafficking cocaine and possession of a marijuana.

— Alex Piazza, 19, Alton, Illinois. Charge: possession of a controlled substance

— Richard Bowles, 54, 588 Highway 334, Oxford. Charge: possession of a controlled substance

— Henry Heckthorn, 42, 4 Effie Circle, Oxford. Charge: possession of methamphetamine

— Tyler Eakes, 25, Philadelphia. Charge: possession of heroin

— Lededrick A. Flower, age and address unavailable. Charge: possession of a controlled substance

— Ray Edwards Stevens II, 19, 1100 Augusta Drive, Oxford. Charges: two counts of sale of a controlled substance

— Danny Vanlandingham, 28, Clarksdale. Charge: possession of methamphetamine

— Caitlin Earnest, age and address unavailable. Charges: possession of cocaine and promoting prostitution

— Kristina Murphy, 24, Middleton, Tennessee. Charges: possession of cocaine and promoting prostitution

— Martin Simmons, 25, 10 CR 3061, Oxford. Charges: aggravated domestic violence, fleeing law enforcement in a motor vehicle and attempted aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer

— Lonnie Bogard, age unavailable, 15 CR 119, Abbeville. Charge: cyber stalking

— Patrick Plaxico, 21, Horn Lake. Charge: aggravated assault by choking

— Jamarean Cashad Casey, 22, 1 CR 4002, Oxford. Charge: aggravated assault by choking

— Daniel Alexander Jones, 21, Tupelo. Charge: felony shoplifting

— Jeremy Coleman, 24, Marks. Charge: uttering forgery

— Robert Chatman, 31, 29 CR 323, Taylor. Charge: false pretense

— David A. Adam, 24, 47 Riverside Drive, Oxford. Charge: felon in possession of a firearm

— Patricia Gray, 63, Memphis. Charge: aggravated DUI

— Tyler Kirk, 21, 205 Sweetbay Drive, Oxford. Charge: sexual battery

— Jerimia Lawson, 35, Holly Springs. Charge: aggravated domestic battery

— Robert Dees, 49, Batesville. Charge: felony DUI

— Timothy Reeves, 30, 110 Jamie Cove, Oxford. Charge: felony DUI

— Cleveland Johnson, 55, 416 CR 338, Oxford. Charge: felony DUI

— Howard Nunnally, age and address unavailable. Charge: aggravated domestic violence

— Eddie Booker, 35, 1030 Booker St., Oxford. Charge: aggravated domestic abuse

— Sinclair Sacks, 39, Batesville. Charge: credit card fraud

— Tyrone Tillman, 19, Coffeeville. Charge: credit card fraud

— Alecia Autman, 24, 32 PR 3057 Apt. 4, Oxford. Charge: embezzlement

— Allen Mathis, 19, 298 CR 415, Oxford. Charge: vehicle burglary

— Geramy Drummer, 19, 515 Dana St., Oxford. Charge: burglary of a dwelling

— Raymond Daryle Roper, age and address unavailable. Charge: felon in possession of a firearm

— Frederick Holmes, age and address unavailable. Charge: possession of a controlled substance

— Tamika Williams, age and address unavailable. Charge: possession of a controlled substance

— Billy Dickey, 46, Marks. Charge: possession of a controlled substance

— Steven Summers, 43, Brandon. Charge: possession of methamphetamine

— Charles Dunaway, 54, Morton. Charge: possession of methamphetamine

— Jacob Prater, 24, Denver, Colorado. Charges: trafficking a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell

— James Walls Smith, 55, Pontotoc. Charge: possession of methamphetamine

— Charles Pomerlee, 42, 10 CR 171, Oxford. Charge: possession of cocaine

— Tammie Taylor, 40. Byhalia. Charge: possession of hydrocodone

— Thomas Taylor, 43, Holly Springs. Charge: possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone

— Jonathan Lamar Lewis, 24, Leland. Charges: possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of marijuana wax with intent to sell

— William Taylor Arnold, age and address unavailable. Charge: possession of marijuana with intent to sell

— Brett Stewart, 21, 1034 Augusta Drive, Oxford. Charge: possession marijuana wax

— Rodney Gorman, 21, Tupelo. Charge: possession of cocaine

— Eric Buford, 39, 12 CR 1020, Oxford. Charge: trafficking more than 1 kilo of marijuana and possession of marijuana

— Nicholas Buehler, 22, Cincinnati. Charge: possession of cocaine

— Rodrick Dale Boose, age and address unavailable. Charge: trafficking a controlled substance

— Jaquez Graham, 21, 1316 Oxford Way. Charge: trafficking a controlled substance

— Imani Emanuel Lombard, age and address unavailable. Charge: trafficking a controlled substance

— Tyler Murphy, 23, 715 B. McLarty Road, Oxford. Charges: two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell

— Lindsey Wood, 20, 215 Cotter Creek Lane, Oxford. Charge: possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell

— Rickey D. Keisling, 39, 88 CR 382, Water Valley. Charge: possession of Vyvance

— Scott N. Parkin, 22, Brandon. Charge: possession of alprazolam

— Breanna Navarro, 23, Brooklyn, New York. Charge: possession of heroin

— Brandon McCord, age and address unavailable. Charges: possession of a controlled substance with intent and habitual offender

— Candy Haley, 43, 105 CR 469, Oxford. Charge: possession of methamphetamine

— Derek Joslin, age and address unavailable. Charge: child abuse (having drugs around a child)

— Terry Brassell, 45, 64 CR 315, Taylor. Charge: theft of livestock

— Jason Pippin, 39, Thaxton. Charge: commercial burglary

— Raymond D. Roper, age and address unavailable. Charge: two counts of burglary of a dwelling