TUPELO • When the next term of Circuit Court kicks off in August, it will be filled with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and one high-profile case involving a former Tupelo High School teacher.
The trial docket approved this week includes seven murder cases, one capital murder, two manslaughters, an attempted murder and one leaving the scene of an accident involving a death. Braden Bishop’s trial on four counts of sexual battery and one count of fondling is scheduled to begin Aug. 8 before senior Circuit Court Judge Paul Funderburk.
While there are hundreds of cases on the trial docket for the four-week term, the majority will not make it to trial in August. Some will be continued until a later date. Most will be resolved through guilty pleas and plea agreements.
Bishop, 36, pleaded innocent in March when he was arraigned. He is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student. Bishop taught broadcast journalism and was the sports information director at Tupelo High.
Among the notable cases on the trial docket, there will be the case of a teen charged with capital murder and another of a man accused of killing his mother on Mother’s Day.
Quindarius Burress, 15, was just 13 when he was arrested in November 2017 and charged with the capital murder of Baldwyn businessman Henry Adams Jr., 70. Under state law, capital murder suspects are usually held without bond. Burress has been locked up since Nov. 3, 2017, celebrating two birthdays in the Lee County Jail.
Antonio Gladney, 37, is accused of killing his mother, Molly Gladney, 66, on May 14, 2017. They were estranged at the time and authorities believe the son used flowers and a Mother’s Day card to gain entry onto her house.
Judy Smith was charged with murder in the January 2018 death of her 60-year-old husband, Bobby Ray “Hard Times” Smith. She was injured in what is believed was a failed murder-suicide.
Xzavious Johnson was arrested in February 2016 after Travante Young, 22, was shot multiple times and died following a verbal altercation outside the Barley Courts apartments.
In March 2016, Candance Ezell was charged with murder in the shooting death of Marketa Williams, 27, of Shannon. Her attorneys said Williams had a history of violence against Ezell, a U.S. Army veteran and college student.
Jarnavis Chandler, 24, is accused of shooting Jazken Green, 26, at a Verona car wash in March 2018.
Latavious Betts is only 17 but facing two separate murder charges. Betts was charged as an adult with first degree murder in the death of Green. He was out of jail in December 2018 when he allegedly fired multiple rounds into a Palmetto community home, killing 66-year-old grandmother Annie Walton.
Hunter Newman and Shaprecious Tucker both have manslaughter trials on the docket. Newman was charged with the death of Baldwyn student Dalen Thomas, 9, as he was crossing a state highway to board a stopped school bus. Tucker is accused of the December 2017 stabbing death of Keshika Fells, 25, in a Tupelo apartment.
Nicholas Tyus, 34, is charged with attempted murder. He was arrested shortly after stabbing a 61-year-old man multiple times around lunchtime near Crosstown in June 2018.
Tyler Jernigan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. He was driving down Front Street in Tupelo during a thunderstorm when he struck Brandi Oliver, 42, of Birmingham, Alabama, who was in the middle of the street.