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.