Friday, January 20, 2023

The Perils of Powe

 The Jerrel Powe kidnapping story got more weird.  WLBT reported: 

The county attorney for the Wayne County Board of Supervisors, who was present during the emergency session Thursday afternoon, was arrested later that night on an active warrant for conspiracy.

According to Assistant Chief Tony Willridge with the Ridgeland Police Department, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested 40-year-old Cooper M. Leggett around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 19, at his home in Wayne County.

Upon arrest, Leggett was taken to the Ridgeland Police Department before being booked into the Madison County Detention Center. Leggett is charged with one count of conspiracy.

Willridge said the arrest was in connection to a kidnapping investigation involving former Ole Miss, NFL football play Jarrell Powe. However, he could not disclose Leggett’s relationship with either Powe or Gavin Bates, who was also arrested in connection to the case. Article.

Stay tuned.   


Anonymous said...

Truth is always stranger than fiction.

Anonymous said...

Shazam! They better call the police.

They are the police!

Surprise, surprise, surprise


Anonymous said...

Weird is an understatement.

A NFL "Hulk" that can't read anything above a Dr. Seuss book,
A soy-boy looking hipster from California,
A "kidnapping" in Wayne County ending at a Bank in Ridgeland,
A Wayne County BOS attorney arrested for involvement?

Get the popcorn ready, this should get good.

Anonymous said...

Pitifully little information so far. Should be interesting as this developes.

Anonymous said...

This guy leggett has a lot of money? Big house on a small firm budget? Was powe and the long haired dude his hit men?

Anonymous said...

This has the potential to rival the ricin poison case involving one of our Elvis tribute artists. All screenwriters should live at least a few years in Mississippi, just for the material.

Anonymous said...

Feel like they are already working on a Netflix version of this. I was thinking the po-po would be dropping charges against Powe once they saw that the “victim” had prior charges of trying to scam the lumber yard out of $60,000 of lumber.
Now they make more arrests. Interesting plot with a medical marijuana cultivation project, a kidnapping, and a scam artist getting the cops to arrest one of his investors.

Anonymous said...

It gets even weirder. The emergency meeting was about the collapse of they Wayne County SO.

Anonymous said...

In Mississippi most attorneys for county supervisors apparently failed their ethics classes and that portion of the bar exam.

Reliable Sources Say said...


The father of the arrested attorney is also a well known attorney in Wayne County. The Industrial Park in Wayne County is owned by the county. Mathis, Powe and the other arrested party (with long hair) entered into an agreement with the board of supervisors to build a medical marijuana facility in the industrial park. There was never a contract. (Hmmm. What good is an agreement without a contract or it being entered onto the minutes?)

Powe, according to sources, did a lot of the dirt work at the site which he was never paid for. Mathis wrote a bunch of bad checks around the area and is a known villain. The marijuana project fell through. Street talk has it that Powe had invested 300 to 500 thousand. (If Powe did dirt work for the county on their property, doesn't the Board owe him for improving the property?)

The Wayne County Board will replace its lawyer on Monday, January 23. Name tag has been removed. Red faces abound. Everybody is lawyering up. Lots of vacant chairs at the morning coffee meeting place.

Sir Walter Scott said...

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!"

Anonymous said...

Trying to comprehend this story may cause motion sickness.

Anonymous said...

Just another Ole Miss graduate thinking he’s above the law.

Anonymous said...

To be released soon on the Bravo Channel: The Real Grifters of Wayne County.

Anonymous said...

Attn 10:12 AM. I find it hard to believe he is an Ole Miss graduate.

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice legalese, is more apt.

Anonymous said...

Leggett went to OM law but he’s 100% bulldog...not that it matters either way.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know a good Cletus Whisperer down Waynesboro way?

If so then Boondock Eddie's should be the place to be!

Anonymous said...

10:12 - I'm a State grad and will tell you this ain't got shit to do with Ole Miss. Powe was swindled, lied to and stolen from. He acted on the advice of the County Attorney who was also knee-deep in the marijuana scheme. Trying to recover his money is not unusual, especially when the thief told them to take him over to Madison County to get the money.

Mrs. Eastover said...

This case... So John Grishamesque...

Anonymous said...

Powe could have built them a golden palace. Without an approved contract, he is owed nothing.

Anonymous said...

Wayne County is the same as many other Mississippi counties - crooked as a dog's hind leg.

Anonymous said...

8:40 - Even crooked work authorized by the Board in some counties is backed by a legal contract. Take Madison County, just as an example.

Anonymous said...

"Powe could have built them a golden palace. Without an approved contract, he is owed nothing."

9:54 - If an agreement was 'spread upon the minutes' of a County Board meeting, you might be surprised at the legal weight of it. If the other parties entered into an agreement just with the Board Attorney, then he needs to be fired Monday morning (and will be).

When we rubes continue to trust attorneys is really a mystery.

Anonymous said...

Did Richards Disposal have a board approved contract?
They indeed got paid eventually so I don't blame Powe for expecting money.
This is bonkers though. All around crazy. The corruption levels in MS and LA for that matter is such a sad reality.

Anonymous said...

9:06, what an asinine comment, as if you have enough clout to speak on what "most" attorneys for Boards of Supervisors are like.

Anonymous said...

After the article in Mississippi Today, this is starting to sound like an episode of Andy Griffith before Andy applies some common sense to Barney’s overzealous investigation.

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