2004 malicious mischief case against county man dropped

Published 12:30 am Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Mississippi Attorney General’s office has dismissed the 2004 felony malicious mischief case against a Warren County man.

David G. Atwood, 27, 750 Rollingwood Drive, had been accused of causing damage to a tractor on Fisher Ferry Road on March 1, 2004.

Warren County Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick signed the state’s Order of Dismissal Tuesday. It cites the victim’s wishes not to pursue charges.

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The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning charges cannot be brought against Atwood again, said AG spokesman Jan Schaefer.

Atwood was indicted by the October 2004 term of the Warren County grand jury. Former District Attorney Gil Martin recused himself and his office from prosecuting.

Atwood was tried on the charge in September 2009, but a mistrial was declared.

Atwood, who ran for constable at age 19 and filed to run for Warren County Sheriff in 2003, pleaded guilty in federal court in 2005 to charges of enticement of a minor and wire fraud. He was sentenced to five years and three months in prison followed by five years’ probation and payment of nearly $26,000 in restitution, but was given supervised release, which was terminated in January 2010 for reasons unavailable.

Also in Warren County Circuit Court this week:

• Samuel Craig III, 27, 1414-B Greenhill Road, pleaded guilty to burglary of a vehicle and was sentenced by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney to three years of probation, a $1,000 fine and $322.50 in costs. Craig was arrested June 19, 2009.

• Barbara Muirhead, 34, 160 Ironwood Drive, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and was sentenced by Patrick to the Ninth Circuit Court Drug Court Program for a period not to exceed five years, a $1,000 fine, $250 in restitution and $997.50 in fees. Muirhead was arrested July 16.

• Bo Wells, 23, 3400 U.S. 80, No. 21, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was sentenced by Chaney to five years of probation, a $1,000 fine, $200 in restitution and $322.50 in costs. An arrest date was unavailable.