A man was bound over to await the action of the Montgomery County Grand Jury on a charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Jimmy Garrett, Jr. went before Judge Keith Stokes Roberts on Tuesday morning in Montgomery County Justice Court. Deputy Jeff Wilson said he encountered a Nissan Altima sitting in the middle of Freeman Street, obstructing the road.
Wilson said he stopped and got out. He said as he approached, he noticed there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He said he called Deputy Kelvin Lee for backup because there were three people in the vehicle, including Garrett.
He said he took the first person, DeShawn Johnson, out and searched him. He said he found a small bag of marijuana on him and a gun. He said the next passenger, Amanda Miller, admitted that there was marijuana and a gun in the vehicle.
Wilson said that Garrett admitted to him that he was a convicted felon. He said he contacted the Mississippi Department of Corrections to receive the proper paperwork.
Garrett’s attorney, Public Defender Lee Bailey, asked Wilson why he reached out to MDOC and how he knew that Garrett was a convicted felon.
“Because if he’s a felon, he’s going to be in their system,” Wilson said.
“But, how’d you know he was a felon?” Bailey asked.
“Because he told me,” Wilson said.
Wilson also said that a burglary had occurred at the home where Miller and Garrett are living.
“It was relayed to me that Ms. Miller told the deputy there that she bought the gun for [Garrett],” Wilson said. “Now, I’ve haven’t seen the body cam footage myself. That’s just what I was relayed this morning.”
Bailey argued that because Wilson never found the gun in Garrett’s possession, he couldn’t charge him with it.
“It was in the car with him, and he’s the driver, which means that he’s responsible for what’s in the vehicle,” Wilson said.
Roberts found that it was probable cause to bind Garrett over and remanded him back into the custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Garrett’s bond remains at $5,000.
Also, on Wednesday, July 27, Mose Flowers of Kilmichael was bound over to await the action of the Montgomery County Grand Jury.
Flowers, was charged with domestic violence- aggravated assault. Public Defender Lee Bailey was appointed as attorney for Flowers. His bond remained at $15,000.