Monday, December 18, 2023

Coleman Misbehaves in Jail

Hinds County deputies charged Derrick Coleman with having contraband after they caught him with a cellphone in the Raymond Detention Center on December 7.  Coleman is the husband of the missing Latasha Coleman.  

Hinds County Court Judge Johnny McDaniels' bench warrant states: 

Derrick Kirk Coleman on or about 7th Day of December 2023 ..... did willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously introduce one black Alcatel cellphone into 1450 County Farm Road, Raymond...

Coleman is charged with violating a no-contact order against his wife, Latasha.  Six domestic violence charges are pending against Derrick.  Judge McDaniels revoked his bond and incarcerated the defendant in September after the Court discovered Coleman did not obtain or wear a GPS monitor for over a year as required under his bond.  

Synopsis of Case

Latasha Coleman filed domestic and malicious mischief charges against her husband on July 17, 2022.  A Jackson municipal court issued a no-contact order against him the next day.  Derrick went to her home on July 21 and kicked in the door, violating the no-contact order.  Latasha filed more charges against her husband on July 22.   

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey Reynolds ruled on July 25,2022 that Derrick was guilty of violating a no-contact order "related to several domestic violence charges" filed by Latasha.  The Court said Derrick was an "extreme danger to the victim" and set his cost bond at $2,500 and appearance bond at $250,000 (KF: Remember July 25, 2022.  That date will be very important.) 

Derrick's attorney, Damon Stevenson, appealed to Hinds County Court in August 2022 and asked Judge Johnny McDaniels to reduce the bond in an emergency motion filed a week later.  

Judge McDaniels agreed with the lawyer and reduced the appearance bond to $50,000 while leaving the cost bond in place in August 2022.  He ordered Derrick to wear a GPS monitor for 270 days or "until the appeal is resolved" and kept the no-contact order in place. Derrick never got a GPS monitor as the responsibility for obtaining the device was - wait for it - left to the defendant.  

Latasha disappeared on July 18, 2023.  Latasha has not been seen since July 18.  The police have asked the public for assistance in finding Derrick's wife.

No action took place in the case until Jackson prosecutors filed an emergency motion to revoke his bond on September 14, 2023.   Hinds County Court Judge Johnny McDaniels held a hearing on September 29 and revoked his bond after determining he never obtained a GPS monitor.  Earlier post and video of hearing. 

Coleman's trial for violating the no-contact order began on November 29 in Judge McDaniels' courtroom.  Jackson prosecutor Bridgette Morgan submitted an ore tens motion to dismiss Coleman's appeal, arguing he never paid the $50,000 appearance bond set by the municipal court.  Derrick's lawyer, Catouche Body, argued the appeal was valid as the city waited 15 months to file such a motion, thus waiving its right to contest the appeal. He said his client paid the bond at the Circuit Clerk's office in Raymond.  

He called the city's delay in objecting to the appeal "problematic", stating it should have been filed within 30 days of the notice of appeal while calling the ore tens motion "untimely."   Judge McDaniels postponed the trial to today after the prosecution and defense admitted they had video evidence that was not submitted to opposing counsel even though it would be used in court.   

Morgan submitted a motion for reconsideration to dismiss the appeal December 6. The prosecutor argued Rule 29.1 of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure require the defendant to "simultaneously" file "both a cost bond and appearance bond" with the Circuit Clerk.  The motion accuses Coleman of misleading the Court as he testified he "erroneously filed the $50,000 cost bond in the Hinds County Clerk's office in Raymond."  However, the clerk never received the bond. 

Morgan stated there is no deadline for challenging an appeal to County Court. Judge McDaniels reminded all the Court mentioned last week the prosecution did not challenge the appeal until 15 months after it was filed.  "But this Court is very much aware of the fact that jurisdiction can never be waived and the court saw to address that issue to the extent of the evidence presented to the court at that time," said the judge.  

Judge McDaniels ruled the appeal was null and void since the defendant did not perfect his bond.  The Court remanded the case back to Jackson Municipal Court for implementation of the sentence.  

Kingfish note: Coleman has been his own worst enemy in this case.  If he had properly filed his bond, the case against him would have probably collapsed since the wife is not available to testify against him again (and we all know why she is probably not available).  Of course, Coleman just had to be cute and get a cellphone while in jail.  Smart, real smart.  Now he faces more jail time. 


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Keep him there. Only reason he wanted a phone was to threaten others

Anonymous said...

The sheriff needs to take a look at his own staff. These phones don't grow on jailhouse trees - the staff smuggle them in and sell them.

Anonymous said...

He needs the phone to assist the investigators in finding his missing wife.

Anonymous said...

Curious how many actual, confessed or convicted, murderers there are in Raymond with a cellphone? Why is this kid getting special attention? Bc he’s misbehaving? Same question…

Anonymous said...

He needs to be in the bottom of the Big Black River like his wife probably is.

Anonymous said...

He ain't gonna do right-

Anonymous said...

Quit charging the inmates unless you bring charges against the employees that are bringing them into the facility. Employees hiding them under their hair and long nails!

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