American Legion shooters to stand trial December 8

Published 12:06 am Saturday, May 17, 2014

Two men accused of shooting one man to death and wounding two others during a fight at the American Legion Post 3 hall on Dec. 7 will go to trial one year and a day after their arrests in the case.

Circuit Judge Isadore Partick set a Dec. 8 trial date for Morris Davis, 36, and Anthony Reed, 44, at their arraignment Friday. Davis and Reed are charged with murder in the death of Michael Robinson and aggravated assault for shooting and wounding Charles Brooks and Wade Carter Jr.

Both men remain in the Warren County Jail in lieu of bonds of $300,000 each.

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The trial is one of two homicide trials set for December. Patrick on Friday set a Dec. 1 trial date for Melvin Hare, who is charged with depraved heart murder in the stabbing death of Roy Clark.

Davis and Reed are accused of shooting Robinson, Brooks and Carter during a party at the Legion Hall. Robinson was declared dead by doctors in the River Region Medical Center emergency room about 12:41 a.m. Dec. 8.

Police said Carter and Brooks were innocent bystanders and had no part in the fight that resulted in the shooting, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Both men were hospitalized for their wounds, but were later released.

According to police, witnesses said Reed and Davis arrived at the party, which was attended by 200 people, approached Robinson, and a fight ensued. The shots were fired at some point during the altercation.

Hare, 47, is accused of stabbing Clark, 44, multiple times with a knife on Aug. 26. Clark died Sept. 7 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Hare remains in the county jail in lieu of $150,000 bond. No motive was given for the stabbing.


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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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