Councilman’s trial set for Thursday


Staff Writer


The case of City Councilman Joshua Hughes is set to go to trial this week in Grenada County Circuit Court.

According to the updated circuit court calendar, Hughes, the Ward Five Grenada City Councilman, is expected to go to trial on four charges beginning Thursday.

Hughes, who is represented by J. Rhea Tannehill of Oxford, faces one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, two counts of insurance fraud and one count of wire fraud.

Hughes was indicted along with another Grenada man concerning a false insurance claim with Allstate on a reported stolen vehicle.

He was arrested in July 2018 after a grand jury indicted him on the four charges.

The indictment concerns a “false and fraudulent and untrue insurance claim with Allstate Insurance” about a vehicle that was reported stolen.

A separate case involving Hughes, in which he faces two counts of perjury, has been moved after he hired Grenada attorney Carlos Moore to represent him.

The perjury charges came as a result of an order filed in Grenada County Circuit Court by a Chancery Court Judge.

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.

That case has been moved to another court session.

Mother enters guilty plea

The mother of a man convicted on 2018 felony hit and run pleaded guilty to false reporting of a crime last week in circuit court.

Betty Costilow, the mother of Phillip Knichel, was sentenced to five years probation involving the case surrounding the death of Justin Murphree.

According to court records, Knichel was charged with hitting Murphree with his car while Murphree was attending to his motorcycle near the Barnside Road intersection. Deputies said the motorcycle’s hazard lights were on.

Hours later, the deputies recovered a 1999 Chevy Camaro along Interstate 55 in Carroll County. According to the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department, the Camaro was heavily damaged with a large hole in the windshield of the car.  The passenger side of the vehicle was also damaged.

Court records show that Costilow, Knichel’s mother, was charged by the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department after a phone call was made reporting the Camaro stolen.