By REGGIE ROSS
The wheels are turning on the 2017 summer court session with four first degree murder cases and a Grenada city councilman facing two counts of perjury set to go before a judge.
The court term has the makings of becoming one of the biggest in recent years with several pending criminal cases on the docket. It will be the first for Fifth Circuit Judge George Mitchell, who was elected last year.
Last week Ward Five City Councilman Joshua Hughes was indicted on two counts of perjury by a Grenada County Grand Jury. The perjury charges came as a result of a Bind Over Order filed in Grenada County Circuit Court by Chancery Judge Vickie B. Daniels.
According to the order, the violations occurred in chancery court in June and August of 2016.
The incident stems from a heated exchange during a child support hearing in Chancery Court, which led to Hughes being incarcerated by Daniels.
Court records show that during the hearing, Hughes told the court that he made $200 a week, but the court showed that income from Townes Funeral Home totaled $600 per week.
Tie Plant tragedy
One of the pending murder cases is in connection with the Christmas Eve 2014 death of three-year-old A’Marion Bounds, according to court documents.
Marqueze Collins, a man police have described as the boyfriend the of Cortina Ewing, is facing first degree murder charges. Ewing is the mother of the three-year-old.
Ewing entered a plea of guilty to second degree murder in January, but has not been sentenced. The district attorney’s office said Ewing is expected to testify against Collins.
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