Thursday, January 30, 2020

Update on Downtown Shootout

Simmons charged w/murder in 3 different cases, never convicted. 

A criminal suspect was shot during his arrest yesterday in downtown Jackson.  Madison and Jackson police officers tried to serve an arrest warrant on Ledrick Simmons in Jackson.  The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is handling the case. 



Madison police issued a warrant for promoting prostitution for Simmons.  The police discovered his location in Jackson and obtained assistance from JPD to serve the warrant (as is standard procedure).  The suspect fled.  Sawces said he also tried to run over a police officer.  Law enforcement vehicles blocked him in on President Street and Amite Street.  He was shot in the shoulder during the confrontation.  His mug shot shows a bandaged upper body.

His bond was set this morning at $100,000 for the prostitution charge and $500,000 for the fleeing charge due to his criminal history.

Simmons is a nasty customer.  JPD arrested him for murder in 2010.  WLBT reported:

The suspect, wanted for a fatal stabbing in a Jackson night club, is now in police custody.  J.P.D. Spokesman Officer Joseph Daughtry said 27-year-old Ledrick Simmons of Jackson surrendered to authorities Saturday evening.

An arrest warrant was issued for Simmons in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Marcus Smith of Jackson. Witnesses told police Simmons stabbed Smith in the neck with a broken beer bottle while inside Chuckie's Lounge in the 200 block of East Ridgeway Street.

Smith later died at University Medical Center.  Simmons is being charged with murder. Rest of link.

However, Simmons was never convicted of the charge.  A grand jury indicted him for murder in 2010.  The case collected dust until it was remanded to the inactive docket in 2013 because the prosecution was unable to find several witnesses.  Simmons skated on the murder charge.  He was also arrested and charged with murder in two other cases but he was never convicted. 

November 21, 2001

July 2007


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 He has prior convictions for receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and felon in possession of a firearm.  He was paroled in 2019 for the last charge. 




47 comments:

Anonymous said...

so. he was promoting prostitution in Madison? didn’t think that happened there..by reading the laudations of Madison in the comments on JJ.

Madison is LOST!

Anonymous said...

Criminal Justice system in Hinds County will be the downfall of not just Jackson and Hinds County, but at least a tri-county area, if not more.

Anonymous said...

JPD did their job. TEN YEARS AGO!

Anonymous said...

Tomie Green... your a total dunba$$...

Cynical Sam said...

Jacktown - where getting away with murder is the norm, not the exception.

Hello Jacktown voters! Wake up!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So, a little over three years ago he was convicted of his third felony, which was his second conviction of felon in possession of a firearm in about two years.

Judge Green dropped the habitual=offender sentencing, which would have required him to serve the full term of his 10-year sentence. Judge Green's Court Administrator, Frances Ashley, signed the commitment notice as the circuit court clerk.

A little over three years later, the guy is in a shootout with the police in downtown Jackson, and tried to run over a police officer to escape.

This is a case of failure after failure. Does anyone still think felon in possession of a firearm isn't a real crime?

Anonymous said...

Is there any way to investigate if “judge” Tommie Green grants these free passes out of the goodness of her heart or she is rewarded in some other way? How else could someone be this blind to aiding and abetting the Hinds County Criminal element????

Anonymous said...

Once again it is proven that Jackson Voters are satisfied with the state of the City...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the DA didn't make his case in this one. Witnesses might have been a bit afraid of ol' Ledrick.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Jackson and Hinds county leaders and the judges are all working to make things so bad that every hard working good guy like myself gives up and moves their office out of Jackson. I truly believe that their biggest fear is that projects like the district lofts will
Continue to go up. New business will move to Jackson and folks that are smart, hard working, and don’t care about racism move to Jackson. They are smart enough to know that if this happens they are screwed! The best thing that ever happened to them was when the good folks moved to rankin and Madison. And these new developments and young peps moving back is a problem!

Anonymous said...

@12:10 p.m.- Racism when you leave; Gentrification when you return. Damned if you do; damned if you don't.

Anonymous said...

Build a wall around Jackson. Make it the hunger games.

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows Madison is Madison State Police

Anonymous said...

Blame Judge Green all you want but the reality is this was a plea agreement agreed to by an assistant district attorney that now works at.....Madison County District Attorney office.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know his gang affiliation? There’s no way those witnesses were terrified of an average Joe.

@12:28- I can only get behind this idea if all the citizens left, and only the gang-members and wanna-be thugs stayed behind (and you KNOW they would to protect THEY HONOR AND TURF. Lol!) . It can be called District Dumbass and they can fight until one is left. Their kills don’t count unless they bury the bodies. (I believe in cleaning as you go.) The last guy will “accidentally” (oops!) be electrocuted by his crown. Welcome to a fresh start, Jackson! (Don’t attack me... I’m joking, of course!)

Anonymous said...

He's just misunderstood.

Kingfish said...

It was at Chuckie's Lounge. You think ANYONE at that bar would have testified? Seriously.

As for this dude, let's look at the record. Convictions are all for non-violent offenses. This guy should not have even been in prison. In fact, Madison PD should have been wiping his ass and giving him a reach-around according to some advocates in this state. Right, Cliff and Sista Rukia?

Biggie said...

An policeman in the area, though not involved in the action around the corner, told me federal marshals were also involved, but the media have not reported this.

Anonymous said...

@12:28
What about the business owners and physicians like myself that go to Madison and flowood to do surgery? How do we travel to and from with a wall? How do you suppose my 3 kids at Jackson prep along with many many other classmates enter to and from Jackson with a wall? Your ideas are idiotic at best. CSpire family lives in Jackson as do many very very successful people and families. Don't be a ignorant redneck.

Anonymous said...

This does not reflect a problem with our laws. The penalty for murder is life in prison. The problem was on the law enforcement end, specifically the prosecutors. Don't try to blame the laws or advocates for pointing out the problems with the criminal justice system when this is clearly a problem of law enforcement/prosecution, KF.

Anonymous said...

@1:36
The wall could have a Checkpoint Charlie just like the Berlin Wall. If you have proper papers you can pass. Everyone else is detained. Attempting to cross the DMZ gets you ventilated. Rankin and Madison are nice places to live. Jackson is the GDR. Stasi cameras everywhere.

Anonymous said...

A lot of you guys need your own "I HATE JACKSON AND BLACK PEOPLE" Blog. That way, Kingfish could do what's he's tried to all along....have a sensible blog that intelligently discusses problems and potential solutions. JPD did their job, unfortunately neither they, nor Hinds County S.O. can control the judiciary. I swear some of you need to grow up and realize one thing....if you didn't drop all your trashy crap in Jackson (your drug addicts, peodiphiles and crazy people at the bus station) we would do just fine without you. Let me repeat.....we will do just fine without you. Of course we can't do well because we have to PAY FOR YOUR RETARDED ASSES AND THE CRAP YOU DROP AT OUR DOORSTEP. You don't like us and we don't like your racist asses. You are a drain on society. The rest of us want to get along with each other and improve our communities. Poof Be Gone!

Anonymous said...

@1:36 Most of the people you mentioned already live behind walls and gates patrolled by armed guards. Even the head in the sanders in Belhaven have private security on patrol and cameras at every neighborhood entrance.

Anonymous said...

@2:12- I tried to give your post some credit and even tried to support it historically in my head. Besides the fact that it doesn’t add up, I’m left wondering... are you basically wanting the society of the 50’s and 60’s?? Because that’s what I’m visualizing through your hysterical screams. If so... who you calling racists?

Truthfully, the BIGGEST detriments to Jackson’s society economically, culturally, and judicially are its citizen criminals (the people dropping them on others’ doorsteps is their own families) (I’ll let you research the race majority on this), those economically dependent on the government (I’ll let you research the race majority on this one too), those undereducated (while you’re at it, research this race majority, too), and the compilation of all three of these who keep electing leaders and judiciaries that focus on ALL THE WRONG THINGS and accomplish NOTHING!! Acknowledging the truth about issues in Jackson, and where they derive from, doesn’t make us racists or mean we hate Jackson. We hate what’s HAPPENED to Jackson!

By the way... the only reason the “trash” lands in Jackson is because of the paragraph above. They can find refuge in shelters, blend more easily, have quicker access to drugs and prostitution, and on and on. I don’t believe families “drop” them there... it’s the only place they can knowingly go. It’s sad, but true. Also, calling people the “R” word dated you!!

@1:36- Prep is in Flowood. No worries, there are backroads everywhere to get you there!

KF- I had to read that second paragraph twice! The first time I was in such shock it didn’t process, LOL!

Anonymous said...

Says right there on the sentencing order that Judge Peterson was his criminal defense attorney..

Anonymous said...

@2:12 - always somebody else's fault; the victim mentality never ceases to amaze me.

Anonymous said...

and the race card comes out at 2:12 p.m. It didn't take long for someone to figure out how this habitual criminal having a shootout with police in downtown Jackson, and in fact all of Jackson's problems, were really caused by racist white people.

Anonymous said...

A lot of these murders are based on eyewitness accounts very little forensic evidence. So if you don't have witnesses you don't have a case. Now the issue with people's cases being dismissed because of the length it takes the DA to get the trial going is unacceptable. If the DA wants to plead these cases out the victims usually have to agree to it, it is sometimes better to do that because your case might be a little weak and you may lose the case if they have a good lawyer. So yeah there are issues, but be realistic. In my opinion it starts with a good District Attorney, if you don't have that it's over.

Anonymous said...

@2:12, seriously what are you talking about? What crap does Rankin and Madison County “drop on your doorstep?” I’m confused about your position here.

Kingfish said...

4:18: What he said.

As for dropping stuff in Jackson, well, most of the nutjobs you see on capitol street for example, are dropped off at bus station by the damn state. Remember that naked dude I posted about last year? Whitfield alumnus. The white kids come in from Rankin and Madison to buy their drugs. So much that when the Rankin and madison narcs bust their kids with drugs, they try to flip them and get the dealers to come to Rankin or Madison, which they usually refuse to do out of good sense.

Now this ole boy here, he messed up and screwed around in the wrong county. He thought he could stay in Jackson and be safe from the law but the law came and got him, much to his surprise. Granted, its a prostitution and felony fleeing charge. However, let's see what MDOC does in revoking his probation. Don't worry, JJ will be watching to see if Taylor does his job.

Anonymous said...

@KF- Does Whitfield drop them at the bus station to travel home? Is this only if family doesn’t pick them up from the facility? Are they given bus fare?

Anonymous said...

Dept of Mental Health drop them off at the bus station so that they "can travel home". Except, many of them don't have a home to travel to, so they hang around the bus station and mosey on out. The state has "done its duty" by letting them out after the required timeframe, and given them 'access' to travel rather than putting them out at the front gate of Whitfield.

Many of the folks that are standing at the intersections along I55 are brought to the Capitol City by the Madison popo - they load them up in their cop cars and bring them across County Line Rd.

Anonymous said...

1:36 PM is right, Jackson's elite are generally left alone and it is a good town to be wealthy in. The houses in Eastover and Belhaven are the best houses in the area and the good families live in them.

TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

Needs to be out so he can make his Sunday School Class meet.

Anonymous said...

"Many of the folks that are standing at the intersections along I55 are brought to the Capitol City by the Madison popo - they load them up in their cop cars and bring them across County Line Rd." January 30, 2020 at 5:21 PM

Is this true?

Anonymous said...

@1:36pm

Now that you have pulled out your socioeconomic member to show yours is bigger than ours and parted with insults, maybe you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Send your kids to school in Jackson, work at a hospital or open a practice in Jackson, create an internship for the troubled youths you share the city with, and be content with the poor quality of life services Jackson has to offer.

But, no. You are too busy working in a safer city, sending your kids to a school (whose original formation was due to racism) so they can get the F out of this hell-hole, and living in your gated community with state of art security systems. If what KF says is true about Madison and Rankin Co kids, at least yours are keeping their drug purchases in Jacktown.

Anonymous said...

My post from time to time have been restricted because they r factually correct. A person can get on here & refer to whites as racist all today. This is just another hypocritical white lib who has bought into the white guilt propaganda. Black people run the city of Jackson. Maybe voters should stop being racist( excuse me. Black people can not b racist) & just voting for the black candidate & vote for the best qualified one. Some said on this post that JPD did it’s job but judiciary dropped the ball. Well, black people vote for the black judge.
Now, maybe if I say this, KF will post this. It is my experienced opinion that the white government officials running the city of Ridgeland r ever bit as corrupt as any in Jackson. It is just that Ridgeland’s corruption is more concealed where Jackson’s is in ur face.

Anonymous said...

Target practice for these police. Where was the center shot?

Anonymous said...

2:12, kingfish’s goal of having an intelligent conversation on here will never happen because too many of the commenters on this site either don’t have real jobs or suck too much at their job to keep off internet blogs during the day. Hence, the goons have a monopoly on this site for the majority of the day and control the discourse. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are the same idiots populating the comments section on clarionledger’s, WLBT’s, etc.’s social media pages. They do their part to make sure those sites remain very depressing places for anyone with an IQ that is above room temperature.

Take for example, 8:40, who is totally not racist (all he did was say black people are what is wrong with our Capitol City and the namesake of this site) and so super duper smart that he or she cannot seem to spell out two-letter words like “be” or three-letter words like “are.” He also seems to have a tenuous grasp on what a “fact” is, which does not include calling someone a “hypocritical white lib.”

I wish 8:40 was the exception and not the rule on here. Unfortunately, people like him or her form the majority on here. Until that changes, I only get on here occasionally to laugh at 99.9999999% of the commenters.

Anonymous said...

@3:14: I didn't say the "families" dropped them there. Check your own research and in fact a few news stories won't hurt here. Every agency in the state that handles marginalized people drop them off in Jackson. For example: MDOC (even when they are from somewhere else), State Hospital @ Whitfield (don't take my word), Other law enforcement agencies (Madison will buy them a cup of coffee and escort them to Jackson whether they live here or not!). These are not wild accusations. I've worked long enough in different arenas to know whereof I speak.

Yes Racists do troll this blog constantly. No matter the content of the post they always find a way to make it about some lack in Jackson. As for those shelters......and services....and places of refuge......CHURCHES, AND OTHER "CIVIC MINDED" Organizations DELIBERATELY help fund services in Jackson to keep their own folks and others from seeking those same services CLOSER TO WHERE THEY LIVE. I actually had a Pastor of a large Church that left Jackson and moved to Madison to TELL ME PERSONALLY they fund a certain organization in Jackson to keep the folks IN JACKSON.

Miss me with the "dated" thing. Obviously you're an empty headed Millennial...See how assumptions work?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your research and reporting!
As opposed to Sarah Fowler with the Clarion Ledger who couldn’t even report what led to the shooting or what time it occurred. That was clear Wednesday evening! And her building is two blocks away from the scene! Pitiful.

TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

""Many of the folks that are standing at the intersections along I55 are brought to the Capitol City by the Madison popo - they load them up in their cop cars and bring them across County Line Rd." January 30, 2020 at 5:21 PM

Is this true"? Yes it is. Have seen them, and JPD, drop off their fares in Canton as well.

Anonymous said...

@9:31- I get the whole bus station frustration, but what should the state do with these people? The intent is they get on the bus and go home. The reality is Jackson provides ample opportunity for them to stay put. They wouldn’t be allowed to so easily stay put in neighboring counties. I’d be interested to hear directly from Madison County about your accusation. I’m left to wonder if it’s where the individuals ASK to be dropped, or if homeless they are brought there due to shelters. There’s NO WAY it wouldn’t hit news if they were FORCED to be dropped in Jackson.

Regarding “families,” you basically said Rankin and Madison need to quit dropping off “their” trash. Since you where complaining about the hateful commenters on this blog and WE aren’t the ones delivering the GOVERNMENT agency drop-offs (that you seem to now be referencing), I was left to assume we must have been dropping “our” people off.

Not wanting a criminal, homeless population in your community is not racists. I don’t believe it’s beneficial to spread it through every community. I also don’t personally agree with the thought process of “keeping it in Jackson” (as you accuse those folks of doing), but I don’t see that changing until JACKSON’S leaders demand better... and, I don’t see them doing that.

You started out by calling us commenters hateful and racists, and declaring this blog a “serious” zone. While loads of great news appears here, the comments themselves aren’t always that serious. They are typically honest assessments/opinions, sprinkled at times with loads of sarcasm. The comments are directly monitored by KF. If he allows them, complain to him and stop attacking the commenters. Also, even KF cuts up sometimes... lighten up, man!!

Lol, I’m definitely not a millennial!! I suspect we are close to the same age. I used that word for most of my life, because it was acceptable when I was young. My millennial children spent years pointing out to me that its social acceptability has diminished, so I adapted. It was completely painless.

Anonymous said...

kingfish you and othor cain are to peas in a pot not worth two dead flies smashed. Most of your kids are pill and meth heads and make major contributions to the Jackson crime statistics.. Reading these comments just shows that Mississippi will always be bottom of the barrel state....

Anonymous said...

Hey kingfish you should take your phone to chuckie's lounge and do some of your world famous reporting they might even give you the VIP treatment....

Anonymous said...

Good God, 10:46, please be quiet and stop showing your ignorance! It appears that you are from the bottom of the barrel yourself.
No caps and punctuation aside, it is "two peas in a pod". As in pea pod, get it? The smashed dead flies comment is not one with which I'm familiar, so not sure if you got that one right or not.
I don't believe the two gentlemen you reference have children.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the woman in the car that they had on the ground in handcuffs? All that shooting for a freaking Prostitution Promotion charge...in the middle of downtown Jackson...at rush hour. Of course nothing else has been said about the officers involved in the shooting. I guess that will be brushed under the rug. I don't care what race the person was....

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