Cousin of rape suspect charged as accessory

Published 12:43 am Saturday, February 4, 2012

From staff reports

The cousin of a Vicksburg man indicted last week on rape and burglary charges has been formally charged with being an accessory after the fact to the burglary, court documents show.

Charles Michael Harris, 21, 1203 Second North St., was arraigned in Warren County Circuit Court this week after being indicted by the grand jury during its January term.

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Charles Harris’ cousin, Eddie Lee Harris, 28, of the same address, was arraigned in circuit court Jan. 27 on charges that he raped a Drummond Street woman in her home Oct. 26 and then stole a TV. He was arrested Dec. 15 after police received a tip phoned in to Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers, officials said, and was ordered held without bond.

Bond for Charles Harris, initially charged with burglary, was set at $50,000 but had not yet been posted Friday. He was at a correctional facility outside of Warren County.

The grand jury was sworn in Jan. 23 by Judge M. James Chaney and reviewed evidence in 105 criminal cases against 118 individuals. Jurors returned indictments in 94 of the cases and no bills, meaning not enough evidence to go to trial, in eight cases. Three cases were continued to the next term.

Indictments are not made public until defendants have been arraigned — formally advised of the charges against them — and assigned a trial date.

In addition to Charles Harris, indicted defendants arraigned this week were:

• Georgire Benard, 56, 108 Marguerite Drive — larceny of a motor vehicle, Oct. 7.

• Derek Bowman, 27, 128 Williams Road — aggravated assault-extreme indifference, Oct. 23.

• Christina Carter, 32, 4305 Tanglewood Drive — false pretenses, Jan. 14, 2011.

• Hattie Hawkins, 56, address not available — simple assault of a vulnerable person, June 23, 2010.

• Damio Shantel Moore, 31, 2420 Halls Ferry Road — receiving stolen property, Feb. 10, 2010.

• Darrell Rhodes, 39, 1538 Gibson Road — embezzlement, July 13.

• Brent Shelby, 18, 1990 Royal St. — burglary of a dwelling, Dec. 7.

Also in Warren County Circuit Court in the week ending Friday, William Clarence Elliott, 57, 141 Cumberland Road, pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon after felony conviction and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick to 10 years in prison, a $5,000 fine and $322.50 in court costs. Elliott was indicted by the July 2011 grand jury.