Saturday, March 4, 2023

Catch & Release! Again!

MDOC released a murder suspect who was arrested but never indicted in Hinds County.  WLBT reported last night: 

“By law, MDOC cannot hold a prisoner once he has completed his sentence,” MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain said. “Usually, in cases where the inmate is accused by other law enforcement agencies of a crime, a detainer is attached to the inmate’s file. When such a detainer is attached, MDOC policy allows detention of a prisoner for up to 48 hours after he completes his sentence. MDOC then releases the inmate to the custody of the authorities that issued the detainer. In Mr. Williams’ case, there was no detainer or warrant in Williams’ file. Without such detainer or warrant, MDOC could not lawfully detain Mr. Williams.”

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens says a Hinds County Circuit Court Judge issued a warrant for Williams’ arrest the same day MDOC released him. Article.

JPD arrested Williams in 2021 and charged him with murder, two counts of kidnapping, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  A Jackson Municipal Court Judge set his bond at $700,000 on August 4, 2021. JPD Detective Brandon Caston alleged in an affidavit that Williams kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, Tamora Sims, and shot her boyfriend, Anthony Lindsey, to death on June 3, 2021 at the Edgewood Apartments. 

Hinds County Court Judge Johnny McDaniels kept Williams' bond at $700,000 and bound him over to the grand jury. However, the District Attorney never presented the case to the grand jury because JPD did not submit the file to his office for prosecution.  Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement yesterday: 

 The Hinds County District Attorney’s Office is aware of the circumstances surrounding the inadvertent release of Jocquiez Williams from MDOC custody on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. That same day, a warrant for Williams immediate arrest and detention was issued by a Hinds County Circuit Court Judge. 

Williams case has been on the District Attorney’s Grand Jury docket for presentation since October of 2021; however, the case has not been presented by the relevant law enforcement agency despite the District Attorney’s request. The Hinds County District Attorney’s Office will conduct a full review of this matter. 

Our Office is confident that Williams will be apprehended and we intend to prosecute Williams to the full extent of the law.

Williams is the second accused killer benefitting from the catch & release program in recent weeks . JJ reported on February 20 that JPD arrested Jayden Tillis for murder.  However, Tillis was free on bond for arrests for carjacking in 2020 and 2021.  Mr. Owens said JPD never submitted the files to his office for prosecution. Article.  



Anonymous said...

If JPD did not present the file to the DA. Why didn’t the DA ask for the file?

Kinda of like, if they don’t give a shit, i don’t!

Does any one of the two agencies give a shit?

Maybe they can hire someone to keep up with that kind of stuff!

Anonymous said...

JPD at their best.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, my Madison home value just went up another 10%.

Anonymous said...

How can responsible people live in the anarchy that exists in Jackson Ms? Please respond , because those of us in the suburbs are confused.

TWO Years Ago said...

"Too often, we've heard people say that Jackson and Hinds County was a place of catch and release. We ensure that this will no longer be the case," Owens said.

Hinds DA says days of 'catch and release' are over

The bell is tolling for Democrats nationwide proving to be soft on crime.

Anonymous said...

Jackson's slogan used to be "the Bold New City". Now it's "Jackson may be a sack of dung, but it's our sack of dung".

Anonymous said...

If we can keep their thugs out of our town.

Anonymous said...

5:52 get a life I sold a home in Madison in June 2022 to an investor, last I checked per Zillow he has lost 35k in equity or about 15%.

Anonymous said...

Someone in JPD is trying to make the DA look bad by not providing files!

Anonymous said...

Who’s on first?

Anonymous said...

Public servants in Mississippi at the trough of PERS... and the peasants who pay for care not.

Anonymous said...

How on Earth is Chief Davis earning that $120K yr salary & LETTING this happen?!?!!

All I can say is don't bring that crap to Rankin County.

Anonymous said...

Move the State Capitol. Relocate employees and meet via zoom. Let Jackson be what it wants to be. Quit wasting state tax payer dollars there

Anonymous said...

This isn’t incompetence

This is bribery

Someone knows how to stop a trial and got paid to make that happen

Anonymous said...

6:05 - All the responsible people moved to the suburbs

Tweety said...

He's a good lookin fella but he has a racing stripe tattoo down his Adams Apple.
Search on "Jocquiez" Williams with parentheses and tell it you spelled correctly to get pic if you want to know who to avoid.
My question, who's getting fired for not doing their job? ... crickets

Anonymous said...

1. How can the DA present a case to the Grand Jury without a file? Sort of need some facts in order to present.

2. Law enforcement agencies are responsible for placing detainers on defendants. If a detainer was in place, he would have been held and sent to Hinds Co Detention Center.

Anonymous said...

@8:22 PM - You are full of bovine scatology. In 4-years my Madison home has appreciated exactly 33%.

Anonymous said...

The DA IS LYING, that case file was submitted over a year ago. The are losing case files that were already submitted to a Grand Jury.

Anonymous said...

... I sold a home in Madison in June 2022 to an investor, last I checked per Zillow he has lost 35k in equity or about 15%.

So he actually sold the home and took a loss? LMAO

Anonymous said...

9:44 How does one find that info without having an appraisal done?

Anonymous said...

From my time, a couple of decades ago, passing cases to the DA; You have to maintain awareness of your cases, the DA can forget, more often than not the Arresting Agency did not provide a sufficient case file for the DA to present to Grand Jury. Jackson, Hinds County (and especially the 1st District) is f’d up. You get what you pay for (and elect) people.

Kingfish said...

Hard for DA to present to grand jury if he doesn't eve know the case exists.

Anonymous said...

who get the $700k?

Anonymous said...

3:07 - Appraisals are done every day, all day long. So are community property values data compilation and publication.

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