Thursday, November 20, 2014

DA drops prosecution on another high-profile drug bust.... after indictment.

The Hinds County District Attorney  dropped several charges against Marlon Williams after it claimed the state could not meet its burden of proof for conviction.  Hind County Deputies arrested him on March 19 for possession of 25 lbs of marijuana and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony.  A grand jury indicted him on August 20 on the two charges.  However, the District Attorney filed an order of Nolle Prosequi on September 15 to dismiss the case.  The order stated:

The State is unable to meet its burdern of proof in proving the required elements for possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon by  a convicted felon, as in this case there is insufficient evidence as to this defendant because the co-defendants have assumed liability for possession of the aforesaid items.  Therefore, in the internest of judicial economy and prosecutorial liability, the State moves for Nolle Prosequi in this matter.

No one else was indicted in the case.  Thus there are no co-defendants.  You read that correctly: the District Attorney dropped the charges on this guy without securing the indictment or conviction of the "co-defendants" who "assumed liability" for the weed and handgun.  Law enforcement sources also told this correspondent that no one from the district attorney's office contacted the Sheriff's office about "fixing" any defects in the case.  JJ readers may remember this story as this correspondent was present when the arrests were made.  JJ reported on March 19

 The Hinds County Sheriff's office busted a drug operation at Williams Complete Car Care on 1555 W. Northside Drive tonight.  Deputies seized 25 lbs. of marijuana (street value is $6,200), a handgun, cash, scales, and other paraphernalia. This was the third drug bust made by Hinds County deputies today and the fifth one this week.  Deputies arrested Marlon Williams (35), Joshua Holly (29), Curtis Bozeman (33), and Odarron Washington (22).  The charges are possession of marijuana with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm.

The Kingfish even took pictures and shot video of the arrests:

 Kingfish note: So yet again, law enforcement conducts a drug bust in the presence of the media.  The cops find over 25 lbs of marijuana and a handgun.  The guy in charge is apparently a convicted felon and had the handgun.  The case goes to a grand jury, indictment, then charges dropped. The scorecard for this bust is 1 dropped indictment, three non- indictments, and the cops get zero.  The question is why Judge Bill Gowan did not review this order more closely when it was submitted. 


Anonymous said...

Why is the DA such a pansy? Have his eye lifts done that much damage to his brain??

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if its the DA is a pansy, or if its Marlon has more power. Would you pursue a case if it were likely that the criminal would make a phone call and seek vengeance on you and your family? Marlon could have a van full of Thad Cochran voters outside of your childs window in no time.

Anonymous said...

It is at least possible that this defendant provided information about other issues which are still pending which allowed this to dismissal to occur.

Arm chair prosecuting is real fun ain't it?

If someone doesn't like the result, run for DA.

I will note that the Feds can get the guy on the handgun violation, so any of you Federales sitting out there drinking coffee reading this here post....go fetch him.

Anonymous said...



Kingfish said...

He was the guy in charge. The police considered him to the be ringleader. So you let the ringleader off to get the peons. Ok.

Kingfish said...

And as one former prosecutor told me, you don't dismiss charges until you take care of the other defendants so as to ensure cooperation. But you know that, don't you? Of course you do. You're just trying to stir it up.

Anonymous said...

Someone got paid off is my best guess.

Anonymous said...

This makes my BLOOD BOIL!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

10:13 - its time for you to get a life. And a dose of reality. I was a Cochran voter, along with several hundred thousand other folks in Mississippi (and a hundred thousand metro area voters). Don't think any of us are hanging around outside of anybody's window.

This matter is about a thug. You and your other McD's need to realize that you lost. The election is over. It was fair and square whether you like it or not. Candidates lose all the time and move on - too bad you can't.

In the meantime - let's find a candidate for DA that has some balls, that is not in the pocket of the thugs, and that will prosecute this DA and his compatriot Graham and send them off to the jail along with the thugs that Shuler-Smith is not willing to put where they belong.

Anonymous said...

This is even worse than my four no bills guess.

Kingfish said...

All right. No more Senate race comments. Period.

Anonymous said...


Respectfully, you have never been the DA of a county. You have no idea what OTHER information this guy may have provided in another case possibly in another jurisdiction.

He could not very well write down and tell Judge Gowan "defendant is currently helping secure the arrest of other drug kingpins in a 6 state area."

Think for a second.

And for God's sake, please assume the best for a minute. I know its hard to do in this jaded Drudge world...but come on man!

And, yes, I realize the worst is possible too....I am just hoping its not the case.

Anonymous said...

Are Marlon and Joe Williams brothers, or one and the same? Joe ran the shop and has always provided great service and more than fair prices. Would not suspect him of operating a drug market or being a part of it.

This whole matter is fishy including the bust itself.

Anonymous said...

Marlon must be grinning all the way to the bank. Can I assume the marijuana was returned from whence it came since the DA did not indict even though the GJ recommended it?
Robert Shuler-Smith should be given a random drug test.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to that big Utica pot bust a while back? The one with the white guy who looked so stoned in his booking photo. Never heard what happened to him. Wonder if the DA punted on that one, too. The arrested was named Brendan Craig Hammond.

Kingfish said...

Joe is actually a pretty damn good mechanic.

Anonymous said...

Prime example why Marijuana should be made legal and taxes collected and jobs created.

Anonymous said...

hey KF...Im trying to figure this out. The man was CAUGHT with 25 pounds of dope. WTF is the problem? Man is a felon and in poss of a gun. WTF is the problem? No one else was indicted. WTF is the problem? Signed: Confused

Anonymous said...

Marijuana won't be legalized in Mississippi anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

"Prime example why Marijuana should be made legal and taxes collected and jobs created."

That's right - selling weed seems to be the #1 occupation in Mexico and their economy and society are just thriving due to that, right?

Anonymous said...

7:18 am...
Where not talking about Mexico... and that is not their #1 anyway, try cocaine maybe... anyway, 23 states have legalized it in some way shape or form.. DC just made it legal for recreational use, Oregon, Colorado... same thing... With Mississippi's very fertile ground, we would be dumb asses not to legalize hemp and medical marijuana.. of course that means we wont do it thanks to the uninformed bible thumpers in the state and they will choose to keep on popping their narcotic pills and taking more meds to treat the side affects caused by their meds.. all the while they could just smoke some weed to treat their ailments and get rid of their 15 other prescription drugs their taking to treat all the side affects caused by the pills they pop.. So to 718 I say instead of focusing on a poor country such as mexico to prove a point, delve into one of the 23 states that have legalized it and see just how much tax money is being generated... without doubt.. Mississippi's #1 cash crop would easily be hemp. Pharmaceutical company's have brain washed the masses to make u think you need 15 meds to treat what 1 single plant could do, without all the side affects and without the risk of killing oneself or others (alcohol)..
Do your research people!! This is an opportunity to move MS forward and generate money for our schools etc... Research and get out and vote in 2016!! And before anyone says "that's what we need is more dope heads on the street".. we average 88,000 alcohol related deaths per year in this country.. 88,000?? deaths related to marijuana consumption....0 (zero).. think about it..........

Anonymous said...

9:09 is spot on. I might add that marijuana was never made illegal with the health of Americans in mind. It was made illegal with the pocket books of big pharmaceutical companies, big timber companies, and big chemical companies in mind.

But keep screaming its bad because your government tells you it is and go take your pills.

Anonymous said...

FYI 12:30 not the first time that dude has been in trouble. Some others have been expunged with Mama's money.
He seems to be "slick as goose grease" LOL N you certainly never hear of any punishment. The one he shot (his roommate)in that pot escapade is now deceased. So no one to dispute anything this dude says.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:04 Thanks for the info. I heard about his roommate passing, but never put it together re the evidentiary effect it could have on that pot charge (and the shooting charge).

Anonymous said...

Yeah 1:04 I have never heard how he passed, i.e. auto accident or what? Just know he passed.

Anonymous said...

1230 Mr Hammond is really pushing to legalize marijuana, contacting AG Hood etc. Wants to see the fields in the delta growing pot rather than cotton. Using what legal knowledge he halfway has to put this on the ballot for next election. Boy Boy Boy

Anonymous said...

Kingfish is the Bozeman guy related to Willie Bozeman and therefore related to all the Owens/Chapmans in Terry, MS?

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