7 people indicted in shooting death

Published 7:07 pm Thursday, February 8, 2018

Seven people have been indicted by a Warren County grand jury in the June 29 shooting death of Anderson White III.

Xavier Rythem Clark, 18, 10150 U.S. 61 Lot 27, and Robert Maurice Harris, 18, 1900 Sky Farm Ave., were both indicted for murder in the case and remain in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $3 million bond each. The pair are accused of shooting White with a pistol during an apparent robbery.

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Five other people, Kathleen Michelle Barnes, 24, 209 Ouachita Ave. No. 104, Delta, La.; Patrick Laraymond Chambers, 19, 118 Abraham Drive; Deangelo Eli Fields, 21, 2638 Roosevelt St.; Patrick Dewayne Thomas, 22,1103 Avenue D; and Linda Marie Williams, age and address not listed; were indicted as accessories after the fact to murder.

The five are accused of helping Clark and Harris avoid arrest, and Fields and Chambers are accused of trying to sell the weapon suspected as being used in White’s murder.

Chambers, Fields and Thomas remain in the county jail, while Barnes and Williams have been released after posting bonds. Barnes’ bond was $500,000; information on Williams’ bond was unavailable. Chambers and Fields’ are being held in lieu of bonds of $1.5 million. Information on Thomas bond was unavailable.

White was shot during a robbery the night of June 29, but police responding later in the evening to a call of shots fired in the area of Military and Roosevelt Avenue found no activity.

About 10:45 a.m. June 30, officers returned to the area after a vehicle was found crashed into a road sign indicating a wreck had occurred.

Investigators found biological evidence at the scene, indicating a crime may have occurred, and after a search  of the area, left the scene. Investigators were later able to determine the vehicle was last driven by White.

About 12:45 p.m. the same day, relatives and friends called E911 when they located White’s body in a wooded area in the 2000 block of Military Avenue.

Harris turned himself in at the Vicksburg Police Department about 3 p.m. June 30, and Clark was arrested later.

White’s death was the third homicide in the city for 2017.

In another case, Ladarius Butler, 21, 115 Companion Lane, was indicted on two charges of possession of contraband within a jail or correctional facility.

Butler is accused of smuggling a cell phone and SIM card into the Warren County Jail that was used to film a Dec. 26 fight in which Denzell Watts was beaten by other inmates.

Watts was charged earlier by Vicksburg police with five counts of aggravated assault from a December shooting at LD’s Lounge in which five people were wounded.

In other indictments:

• John Christopher Bufkin, 35, 16 Gastrell Lane, was indicted on two counts of statutory rape involving juveniles under the age of 16.

• Candi Michelle Dawson, 41, 1000 Glass Road, Utica, was charged with sexual battery by person in position of trust or authority involving a person between the ages of 14 and 18.

Dawson is accused of using her position “as the victim’s Sunday school/youth minister and/or guardian/mother figure,” to have sex with the victim.

• Tia Reed Spencer, 37, 171 Freeman Lane, Whitfield, sale of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.

• Clarence King, 33, 1944 Church St., Port Gibson, possession of a controlled substance — 42.63 ounces marijuana.

• Trevon Markez Dee, 22, 120 Sammie Young Road; Ronnie Lee Dee, 21, 2201 Marshal St.; and Corey Lashawn Hicks, 26, 1319 China St.; are charged with possession of a controlled substance — 1.47 ounces of marijuana.

• Phillip James Proeger, 33, 1491 Culkin Road, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute — methamphetamine.

• Taylor Marie Shiers, 19, 1101 First North St. Apt. 9, possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.

• Vincent Lamar Johnson, 40, 30 Erves Road, third-offense domestic violence.

• Quinton Norfort, 23, 4725 Roberta Circle, third-offense domestic violence.

• Glenale Foster, 25, 1223 Bowmar Ave., possession of a stolen firearm.

• Joshua Adam McCullough, 29, 4813 Nailor Road, possession of a firearm after felony conviction.

• Loren Raymond Ellis, 42, 205 Hilda Joy Drive, Brandon, sex offender — failure to notify of address change.

• Donnell Judge, 40, 71 Mingos Road, sex offender — failure to notify of address change.

• Christopher Shawn Smith, 40, 250 Chickasaw Road — sex offender — failure to notify of address change.

• Simon Kendall Atkins, 34, 2416 Halls Ferry Road; Jamal Dishon Smith, 26, 505 Kline St.; and Zachary Lamark Mason, 42, 39 Brenham Ave., Natchez; conspiracy to commit a felony and two counts false pretenses.

About John Surratt

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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