Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green set bond at $150,000 for Arkel Coleman on March 10. Coleman is the accused killer of Eric Hambrick. The victim was an employee at MEMA. He was killed outside of the Waffle House on High Street on May 28, 2015 after participating in choir practice at First Baptist Church. Two hoodlums approached Mr. Hambrick in the parking lot, beat him, and robbed him. He fell to the ground and died of injuries sustained from the beating and the fall to the pavement. JPD arrested Arkel Coleman and Sherderwick Anderson a few days later.
A Hinds County grand jury indicted Coleman for first degree murder and armed robbery on June 26, 2015. The case is in the discovery phase. The Hinds County website states that Coleman is still in custody. Coleman was 19 years old when arrested.
One interesting bout took place last month between the prosecution and defense. Coleman's lawyer, our old friend Ali Shamsideen, filed a motion to compel discovery. He asked the court to order the prosecution to provide him with a copy of the surveillance camera from the Waffle House and other materials in the District Attorney's possession. However, prosecutor Shannon Jones would have none of it and fired right back at Shamsideen. Jones said that "The State has complied with the Defense’s request for discovery and made ample attempts to contact the Defense attorney via email and telephone to pick up copies of the surveillance camera footage." Judge Green granted the motion and continued the case until the July term of the court.
Meanwhile, Anderson is free on bond. A Hinds County grand jury indicted him for robbery on Junen 26, 2015 as well. Law enforcement sources told JJ that Coleman allegedly assaulted Hamrick and robbed him while Anderson took a ring off of Hamrick's body.
Judge Winston Kidd set his bond at $10,000. Anderson posted bail and remains free on bond. The case has been continued twice as the prosecution and defense are involved in plea negotiations.