Murder trial postponed to get DHS info

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

A delay in records related to the 2014 death of three-year-old A’marion Bounds resulted in the case having to be continued to another term.

That decision was made Tuesday in Grenada County Circuit Court.

A hearing in the case of the State of Mississippi vs. Marqueze Collins took place in Circuit Judge George Mitchell’s chambers. The hearing wasn’t made public and consisted of several attorneys. After the 30-minute meeting, all attorneys parted ways.

Collins is accused of killing the three-year-old boy on Christmas Eve 2014.

“This case has been continued because the department of human services did not follow a court order by giving the defense and the district attorney with the files,” Mitchell states in the order.

According to court records the order made for the records to be placed in the possession of the defense and district attorney’s office was dated April 13, 2016.

Present at the hearing were Evans; Jackson attorney John Reeves, who is representing Collins; David Chandler, commissioner of the state’s new Department of Child Protective Services; John Davis, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services; attorneys with the Attorney General’s Office and Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider.

Evans said each attorney present at the hearing agreed on an order that the records be presented by DHS.

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