Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Suspect in Keifer's attack finally goes to trial

 Update: The post did not include the victim's injuries.  The victim suffered a tripoid fracture to her cheekbone and still suffers nerve damage on one side of her face and pain in her jaw.

Demarcus Jefferson will go to trial on March 2, 2015 for a savage attack on a young woman in the parking lot of Keifer's Restaurant on Poplar on March 27, 2012.  Jefferson and his partner Demonta McCray stuck a gun in the young woman's face, robbed her, and then brutally beat her in the face.  Mr. McCray is currently serving a twenty-year sentence in MDOC for his part in the armed robbery.  MDOC records state he entered the system on December 28, 2012.

Jefferson was indicted on four counts of armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm,  using a gun to cause bodily harm to the victim, and using a firearm during the commission of a felony on June 6, 2012.  Judge Tomie Green reassigned the case from Judge Bill Gowan to Judge Winston Kidd.  The case was continued several times.  Judge Kidd finally set the upcoming trial date on January 7, 2015. Jefferson has been a resident of the Hinds County Detention Center since at least December 28, 2012. 

Kingfish note: Its taken nearly three years to get this guy to trial on an armed robbery charge.  Three years he sat in the county jail instead of MDOC.  Three years of a victim waiting for justice.  Other counties get this done in less than a year.  Hinds takes three years while the DA says that is just the way it is but hey, his office is working hard and the Senior Circuit Judge tells us that we have unrealistic expectations. 


Anonymous said...

What happened with the Gluckstadt rezoning meeting from yesterday? What about a update please. You're the ONLY person covering it.

Anonymous said...

When he gets out, he's going to do it again. Just have a little 'accident' in prison with this kind of my money on reforming non-violent criminals. yes--black or white non-violent criminals.

Anonymous said...

"Judge Tomie Green reassigned the case from Judge Bill Gowan to Judge Winston Kidd."

There's your problem

Anonymous said...

This is unacceptable.

Clarion Reader said...

Meanwhile; Today's Clarion has stories about the work on Capitol Street and paving projects in Natchez. They didn't even combine the two.

Anonymous said...

They weren't granting any continuances yesterday at docket call, so there are a ton of cases set for trial on that March date. Don't be surprised if it gets continued again.

Anonymous said...

None of this is happening. It is all made up. There are hundreds of thousands of people that would move back to Jackson tomorrow if only we had housing, accurate water metering and new trees downtown.


Anonymous said...

Even if the Miss.S.Ct. never reverses a case based on a speedy trial violation (270 days), the fact that it takes 3 to 4 years to get a case to trial in Hinds County should be a serious cause for alarm.

** Jackustan Crime Alert ** said...

Two clerks shot in Jackson robbery

Two convenience store clerks were shot during an armed robbery in Jackson Wednesday morning.

Jackson Police are searching for two suspects who robbed Express Fuel located at Bailey Avenue and Northside Drive. After the workers were shot the suspects escaped with the store safe.

Anonymous said...

RE: "Three years he sat in the county jail instead of MDOC. Three years of a victim waiting for justice."

Frankly, living in the HCDC seems to be a whole lot more hell-like than the MDOC facilities. Not real sure justice is being delayed.

Anonymous said...

Keifers refuses to get their survellience cameras hooked up and Hinds County refuses to take this to trial. It's as if they're seeing who can drag their feet the longest, regardless of countless more crimes committed against Keifer's patrons and Jackson citizens, alike.

** Jackustan Dead Body Alert ** said...

Unidentified man found dead near JSU

Police said a man was found dead at a home near JSU this morning.

Around 5:54 a.m., a man was found outside an abandoned house in the 800 block of Metro Parkway Drive, according to Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green.

Anonymous said...

Even more reason to go to Krilakis. I just wish they had Kiefer's feta dressing.

Anonymous said...

Kristos is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:53 - I have to disagree. I haven't been in 6-9 months, but the service has been pretty bad for me. The gyro itself was fairly good, but the curly fries were greasy and under cooked.

Krilakis has some of the best french fries I have ever had. They are the real deal.. double fried with a great crunch and tossed in sea salt.

Even better you can BYO wine or beer with no corkage fee.

Anonymous said...

Kristos is for new Madison people that didnt grow up going to Vasilio's. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

I like Bills Greek Tavern, it's really peaceful over on McWillie!

Anonymous said...

@ 2:09 - God Bless America!

Anonymous said...

9:58 and 11:00 sits by his police scanner so he can giddily update the good readers of

What a fulfilling life this guy must lead

Anonymous said...

New Greek place just opened in Flowood. However, I'm afraid to even mention it since these comments are usually so heated between which Metro area is better.

Mr.?..............please! said...

Please don't refer to Demonta McCray as "Mr." He's a low life piece of sh!# who doesn't deserve the title. From now on use Sh!#head McCray or feel free to use your imagination. Anything but "Mr."

Anonymous said...

I am the manager at Keifers my name is Jeff Stricklin. This entire report is wrong the attack happened in front of the apartment complex down the street from Keifers the victim will tell you that herself. As far as cameras in the parking lot they have been installed and functional for a month.

Shift The Discussion said...

All the Greek eateries in the metro use plates manufactured in China. Should we be discussing Chinese buffets?

Anonymous said...

@ 8:52 - Whoever made the decision for the narrow parking spaces in your parking lot should be fired.

Kingfish said...

Here is a message from the victim, whom I know very well.

I am the survivor of this crime. I don't like the legal/court jargon sound of "victim." I want to say thank you to Jeff Stricklin at Keifers. You are the reason JPD arrived so quickly and I would like to thank you in person one day. I was not in the keifers parking lot at the time of the attack. However, I was less than 15 yards from keifer's, laying unconscious in the middle of the street after nearly being kidnapped, robbed, and beaten by two armed men. Keifer's is not on trial here. That is not the focus of this report. Belhaven area is not safe. Safety is an illusion really. All we can do is be vigilant. As for me, getting my enhanced conceal carry gives me more of a chance to defend myself and my life when there are thugs out there who do not value human life. People like this do not worry about breaking laws. So, being arrested repeatedly and illegally possessing a firearm to hurt innocent people does not matter to these people . It's when the people with good intentions DO NOTHING that bothers me the most.

Kingfish said...

Tell you what, you guys have a security problem and have had one for some time. Want to talk about a Mayor's brother who was robbed at gunpoint and assaulted on the curb on Memorial Day? Or the list of crimes that have been reported to JPD at the Keifer's address? I have that list around, somewhere.

Anonymous said...

'Our security cameras have been functional for a month.'

They should have been functional years ago. Yet another reason I will never visit your establishment.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, you were better off staying silent. Not in front of Keifers, but a whole fifteen yards down the street? Excuse us. Indignant? Really? The apartment complex down the street sounds so much farther away than the apartment complex next door. A whole month? Cameras have been up a whole month? Wow! Excuse us again! Jeff, seeing as how you're here, how many cars have been stolen from the Keifers parking lot since you built your new building? And how many people have been assaulted/mugged/robbed on or near your property since you built the new building? And how many people have asked you that entire time to get those cameras hooked up? Thankfully the Belhaven Building has cameras that have helped as you guys ignored the cries for help.

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