Friday, January 19, 2018

Vance: There was no lead detective.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith blamed JPD for the reason why Nicholas Coats was not indicted in the murder of Chelsie Kirschten.  Coats was arrested and charged with murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle in her death but he was released from jail on January 10.  Judge Bill Skinner's  October bond order stated that he should be released after January 2 if he had not been indicted.  WLBT reported:


Hinds County DA Robert Shuler Smith said one reason for the delay in the Coats case stemmed from a JPD issue.

"The lead detective [on the case] has recently returned from suspension over a personnel matter," Smith said. "Our office needs to meet with the detective to determine if these issues have been resolved and discuss going forward. We certainly need his testimony."

It's unclear when the DA's office will be able to move forward with Coats' indictment.

Smith said his office objects to the practice of setting deadlines for indictments.

"In these cases, they should not summarily dismiss someone or let them out of jail," Smith said. Rest of article.



Kingsnake note: Not so fast, Mr. D.A.  The Kingsnake spoke to former JPD Chief Lee Vance Wednesday night after the District Attorney made his comments.  Chief Vance said there was no lead detective on the case.  Several detectives worked the case.  Any of them could have testified to the grand jury. 

In other words, the D.A. once again tried to create a smoke screen. 

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith should throw his hat in the race for congress. I'm sure he would get all the black votes in Hinds county.

Anonymous said...

So this puke is back on the street because of the DA? Pathetic. I really feel bad that the family has to endure this travesty of justice. Shame!

Anonymous said...

But the people that keep electing the inept RSS will believe every word he says.... :facepalm:

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know the constitutional provision the learned district attorney relies upon? It seems to me that the suspect went before a Court of competent jurisdiction and denied bond with the condition that he be indicted within a 90 day period. If that order was unconstitutional, shouldn't the district attorney have challenged the constitutional basis of that order in October when the Court entered it?

The best lawyers in the Hinds County Courthouse are housed at the Office of the Public Defender. That's the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

That's not a reason. That's an excuse.

Anonymous said...

Eyebrows strikes again.

Anonymous said...

Replacing all of Shamsiddeen, Green, Kidd, and RSS with people of reasonable competence and fairness would do more for Jackson than any economic development or anything else for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Please enter, Mike Hurst.

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2017/12/07/u-s-attorney-violent-criminals-ejected-jackson/930860001/

Anonymous said...

The only entity that can convene a grand jury and ask for an indictment is the prosecuting attorney. Believe it or not, police officers cannot get their wet paper bag indictments on their own. This is 100% the fault of Robert S. Smith who is too busy readying himself for January 29 than working in his own office.

That said, JPD is at fault for not appointing someone in charge of those cases dealt with by the suspended detective.

Kingfish said...

As I wrote, there was NO lead detective on this case. There were several of them and all they would do anyway is go before the grand jury and read a report.

Anonymous said...

There are so many people to blame for this that it is very hard to list them all.
The result is that a dangerous man has been released to prey on innocent people.
The only hope people have is some innocent victim will have to use deadly force to protect themselves from this scum. Then there is a good chance they will be behind bars.
Maybe some other scum will take care of this before he does any more harm.
Sad when the people have to look for some other scum to protect them from the scum who are being released to commit even more crimes.

Free Bernie said...

Meanwhile Bernie is locked up for life while this murderer is back at it

Anonymous said...

This case will end up on 20/20 or Dateline. Set your DVR now.

Anonymous said...

Hinds County needs a DA. Robert Smith is barely functioning as a human being much less as an attorney - whether because of mental problems or drugs I do not know. But Hinds deserves much better than this.

Anonymous said...

To 1:23, no one cares about Bernie. Except you apparently.

Anonymous said...

I think we all forgot to thank George Soros' Open Society Foundation for making this joke DA. RSS is just doing what his money master told him to do...to set off the powder keg that is MS. Every DA placed in their office by Soros is only there to create more racial strife and division to ultimately cause a breakdown of the country. George Soros is playing a real life game of Risk with our world and we're letting him get away with it.

Anonymous said...

@1:47

Hinds County is getting exactly what it deserves. They're the idiots that voted him in.

Anonymous said...

This probably is the DA's fault, however Vance needs to admit that since a retirement a few years ago and a detective murdered a few years ago, there are no competent robbery/homicide detectives because they lack the necessary experience. Every ID case is assigned to a "lead" detective in almost every police organization. Plenty of blame to spread around.

Also, Senior Circuit Judge schedules and orders the grand juries...

Anonymous said...

If this guy was arrested and then held, then JPD did their job. The ball was in the DA's office and the DA denies any responsibility. Keep publishing these facts. Maybe, somehow, the low-information voter will hear about their bad choice. Elections have consequences. Murderers running free and people like Mr. Percy are dead.

Jackson, get a grip and elect some honorable people.

Anonymous said...

Here is the funny part of Smith's comment to me. In the case against Wayne Parish, the DA's office apparently never discussed the case with the JPD. The JPD ruled it a justifiable shooting and had the the signed statement of one of the two eye witnesses, a signed statement of the JPD officer who interviewed the other eye witness and a security video to support it. However, instead of going to the grand jury with a JPD detective, they took a Hinds County Deputy detective, even though JPD had jurisdiction. At Parish's arraignment, Smith himself stood there and stated that he had just learned that there was a security video. So why is that now he needs a "lead detective". Did not need it in Parish's case. But then again, I guess Carlos Smith need the indictment to support his law suit.
This not speculation by the way. I have copies of all the police reports, Tox report and depositions.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that RSS doesn't know how to perfect a case. This seems to be a case in point.

Anonymous said...

5:51, sort of hard to elect an honorable person in Jackson when all of the honorable people have left town.

Anonymous said...

8:07 there are no depositions in criminal investigations. how in the heck do have some....???????????????

Anonymous said...

There's also a civil case in the Parish shooting.

Anonymous said...

You folks in HC elected him. Hard to pass the buck in a democracy.

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