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Grand Jury indicts 16 cases – including murder

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Grand Jury indicts 16 cases – including murder

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Jones County’s Grand Jury met last week and brought back 16 bills of indictment for crimes that included three individuals facing murder charges and three others charged with aggravated assault.

The Grand Jury was convened Aug. 6, and District Attorney Stephen Bradley, Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin and Assistant District Attorney Ashley Herndon presented evidence.

At the conclusion of the presentments, Camaron Myles Banks, Justerrious Shyheim Canty and Jaqualan Desean Clark were indicted for the Nov. 13, 2017, murder of Donald Marquise Hardwick. The crime occurred at Northside Villas Apartments in Gray and was investigated by a joint team of officers with the Gray Police Department and Jones County Sheriff’s Department.

Seven more individuals were indicted in the case for giving false statements to law enforcement officers during the murder investigation.

Leo Brown Jr. is one of three individuals indicted last week for aggravated assault. According to the report of his arrest by Jones County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jason Douglas, he was dispatched to an address on Ruby Drive about 6 p.m. June 4 and arrived to find the victim bleeding badly from his mouth and face.

The victim told him that he had been walking along the road when Brown came by in a blue Chevrolet pickup. He said Brown was a passenger in the truck, and the victim said he mentioned that the suspect owed him money. He said Brown got out of the truck and struck him in the face with an aluminum bat.

The suspect got back in the truck and left. Douglas said the victim was transported to the hospital, and a warrant was issued for the offender’s arrest. Brown was arrested June 21.

Deandre Deon Ross was indicted for an aggravated assault that took place June 3 at a residence on Alton Road. A report of the arrest by Deputy Matthew Dennis stated he was dispatched to the scene at about 11 p.m. in reference to a subject with a firearm.

When he arrived at the scene, the deputy said he found the complaint was connected to a domestic dispute. Ross had reportedly put his hands around the victim’s neck and choked her.

Dennis said he observed dark colored marks at the base of the victim’s throat and photographed the marks. The officer issued a warrant for Ross’s arrest and he was taken into custody June 5.

Joshua Dequavious Stewart was also indicted for an aggravated assault. Stewart’s arrest was the result of a report of gunshots fired that was answered by Deputy William Pruitt. The officer’s report stated the incident occurred about 6:30 p.m., March 27 in the area of Bethune Avenue. Pruitt said Capt. James Clark and deputies Travis Walker and Jeff Robinson also responded to the call.

When the officers arrived, they were told that the suspect had fired four or five shots at a victim. The report stated that the shots were fired following a verbal argument. The shooter was identified by witnesses of the incident and shell casings were found at the scene.

A warrant was issued for Stewart’s arrest and he was taken into custody April 16.

A complete list of the Aug. 6 indictments can be found in this week’s Open Records, pages D2-3.