Thursday, February 15, 2024

Powe's Perils are Over

The Madison County grand jury "no-billed" former Ole Miss football star Jerrell Powe, Colburn McLelland, Angie McLelland, Cooper Leggett, and Gavin Bates. 

This little bit of drama began a couple of years ago when a Pine Belt hustler, Bryce Mathis (No relation to Curtis), pitched a medical marijuana venture to Powe et al.  The Powe consortium invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the project only to see it disappear under rather suspicious circumstances.   

Anxious to get back their money, Powe and Bates met Mathis.  Mathis said he could withdraw money from his bank account to repay them.  There was just one problem.  The bank account was Chase Bank and the nearest Chase Bank was in Ridgeland.  Powe, Bates, and Mathis were in Laurel so the partners rented a car and took Mathis to Ridgeland.  However, they arrived after the bank closed so the men stayed overnight at a hotel in Pearl.  

Surprise, surprise.  Mathis did not have the funds to repay Powe and his partners but he managed to contact Ridgeland police while at the bank.   Officers soon arrived and charged Powe and Bates with kidnapping.  Mississippi Today article on Mathis frame-up.

Ridgeland police also arrested Leggett, Colburn, and the McLellands in the alleged conspiracy and bound them over to the grand jury.  However, the grand jury didn't bite and refused to indict Powe and his fellow investors.  


Anonymous said...

This gonna be good.

F5 key - I hope you didn't skip leg day.

Anonymous said...

So when can we expect the prosecutor to file charges against Bryce Mathis for swearing out a false police affidavit??

JimAtTheRez said...

And we can expect the Ridgeland PD and the prosecutor to issue a public apology to Jerrell Powe and the others just any time, right? Right?

Anonymous said...

Isn’t this the same Powe from Wayne County that went to Ole Miss and played football with the assistance of tutors with a 3rd grade reading equivalency? And yet great students with stellar grades and reputations get no chance. But then, they aren’t part of the “football plantation” that is so well known among the public school system. If that’s what our tax dollars are paying for then we as taxpayers need a damn big ass refund.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad they didn't get charged. I remember reading this and their actions and their actions absolutely would look like financial abuse to a teller and branch manager that didn't know what was going on.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad the jury no-billed them. The way they handled it would absolutely look like financial abuse to a teller and branch manager. I previously said they weren't charged, but meant no-billed by the jury.

Anonymous said...

if a DA presents a case to a grand jury and can't get an indictment it must be a real dog manure case.

remember , a grand jury is a one - sided affair.

the grand jury hears only the governments version of the case.

Anonymous said...

Hotty Toddy

Anonymous said...

4:55, he didn’t ask to be born in a God forsaken school district in a God forsaken county in this God forsaken state. Orgeron gave him a chance to get out and make something of his life. And he did. And he probably doesn’t give a rats a$$ about an internet troll’s comments. But, one thing you got right. We need our money back on what we spend on some of these school districts. But the animosity toward a human because of where he played football is petty.

Anonymous said...

Powe is a good guy. Glad to see there wasn’t even enough evidence to charge him.

Anonymous said...

I was on a grand jury. On one case I asked the prosecutor why were they trying to indict this gentleman for no basis or facts presented, I thought! The prosecutor stated, “we want his land”.

We voted and the majority voted to indict! Some people go for anything!!!

Anonymous said...

DA’s often use the GJ to kill a crappy case. They can’t be present for GJ deliberations or votes but can tell them they’ll never get a conviction before stepping out.

Anonymous said...

9:08 PM that’s a pretty harsh accusation and your story is tough to believe; not because the government would try to indict someone in order take their land, but because you say “The prosecutor stated, “we want his land”.

You’re saying the prosecutor admitted to it so do you mind sharing whether or not the indicted person was convicted and whether or not the government ended up taking the land?

MississippiManners said...

@4:55 - Isn’t this the same Powe from Wayne County that went to Ole Miss and played football with the assistance of tutors with a 3rd grade reading equivalency?

In other words, an average Wayne County education?

Anonymous said...

4:55, aren't you the guy that asks infantile questions on a blog to cast aspersions?

Anonymous said...

Powe got a bad shake due to a comment his mother made in an NCAA application document. The guy had an uphill battle to get in college, had to go to a prep school, worked hard and got in eventually. He made grades to play when he was in college. He then went to the NFL and hung around for a bit. He then went back to college and graduated. All of that takes intestinal fortitude and a good work ethic. He did something with himself against a lot of odds. People still sometimes want to make him the butt of a joke. He isn't. He's an example of not quitting when the odds were stacked.

Anonymous said...

The relationship of the cow college called Mississippi State and the Ridgeland Police Department needs to be investigated.

Anonymous said...

Ole Miss has the key to Mississippi's future. Ole Miss took illiterate Jerrel Powe and in one year advanced Mr. Powe's reading skills to college level. Put Ole Miss in charge of all education and we can advance children from kindergarten to college in one year! We could close all elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools statewide.

The cost savings would be in the billions. Go Ole Miss!

Anonymous said...

9:37 PM, I think it might be playing professional football that advances a person's reading skills. I see so many geniuses who started out by playing football.

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