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Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher held a press conference this afternoon to discuss crimes allegedly committed by "career criminals" and their treatment by the Hinds County criminal justice system. District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith showed up unannounced and was visibly angry at the press conference. What started as a press conference turned into a showdown at the Clinton Corral.
9:00 Mayor Fisher finishes statement and takes questions from media. All tv stations and the Clarion-Ledger were present.
9:40 District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith appears and says "I'm also present." He says the Mayor has given "a complete misrepresentation" to the public. He said the Mayor was only talking about "four people" and called it "disingenuous". The fun starts here.
17:10. Just watch.
20:00 Mayor Fisher said these suspects were "terrorizing" his community.
24:00 District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith addresses the media. He says it is "absolutely false" that these suspects are "terrorizing" the community.
Mayor Fisher announced arrest warrants were issued for these individuals:
1. Warrant issued for 3 charges for auto burglary: Woodrez Tremayne Davis, B/M, 07-27-1977, 37 YOA, last known address: 310 Parks Road, Jackson, MS
2. Warrant issued for 4 charges for residential burglary: Cedric Williams, B/M, 07/14-1971, 43 YOA, last known address: 525 Fredrica Avenue, Jackson, MS
3. Warrant issued for one count of commercial burglary: Michael Millender, B/M, 03-30-70, 45 YOA, last known address: 420 Clinton Raymond Road, Raymond, MS
4. Warrant issued for one count contempt of court and one count residential burglary: Matthew Logan Eakin, W/M, 02-16-83, 32 YOA, Possible addresses: 4105 Hanging Moss Road, Jackson, MS & 1010 Quinn Street, Jackson, MS
He said Davis had nine previous felony convictions and the District Attorney's office agreed to a plea bargain that dropped the habitual offender status. Davis also faces six other charges for auto burglary in Raymond. He said Williams had eight previous felony convictions and enjoyed a dismissal of habitual offender status in a plea bargain as well. He said the other two suspects each had several felony convictions and could be classified as habitual criminals if convicted of the current charges. He urged the District Attorney to refuse to drop the habitual offender classification if any plea bargains were made on their behalf. State law requires a criminal to serve the maximum sentence day for day if he is found to be a habitual offender. Mayor Fisher said the removal of the habitual offender status allows "career criminals" to be "free to commit more crimes." He said such a state of affairs was "morally repugnant". He also said "lax monitoring" of some criminals took place as one suspect was captured while wearing an ankle bracelet.
Mr. Smith said the county ranked fourth out of ten counties in convicting habitual offenders" in 2010. He said cases are reduced when crimes can not be proved. He repeatedly disagreed that a press conference should be held over "four people." He point blank said they were "not terrorizing" the community. He called the press conference a "political attack" on him and his office. He said saying "citizens were being terrorized was absolutely false." He said "we are talking about four people out of thousands and thousands."
Kingfish note: Here is the complete file for Woodrez Davis. He has eight felony convictions. Eight. Cedric Williams has nine. His file will be posted later tonight. Both of them were plea-bargained and the habitual offender status was dropped. That is the cold hard truth. It's not a misrepresentation, it's not a political attack. It is what happened. Read the files for yourself.