Murder trial in Oktibbeha County hunting death delayed

May 5, 2010 10:36:00 AM

Tim Pratt -

 

The trial of a Maben woman accused of killing her husband while the couple hunted in western Oktibbeha County was continued Monday until Aug. 2. 

 

The trial of Verina Marie Childs, 38, of 3875 Jeff Peay Road, was delayed until August because the investigation is still ongoing, according to a court order.  

 

Childs was charged with murder in the shooting death of her husband, Douglas Marion Childs, 32, on Nov. 22, 2009, off Hawkins Road. The couple lived at the corner of Jeff Peay and Hawkins roads, not far from the scene of the shooting.  

 

Oktibbeha County Sheriff''s Department Chief Deputy George Carrithers at the time said Douglas Childs was shot in the back with a rifle.  

 

According to the court docket, Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Clemons is prosecuting the case against Verina Childs, Rob Roberson is her defense attorney and Judge Lee Howard is presiding over the case.  

 

In unrelated business Monday, Howard and fellow Sixteenth Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens handed out a number of sentences.  

 

Howard sentenced Calvin Hubbard to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the sale of cocaine and an additional 10 years in the MDOC for possession of cocaine greater than 30 grams. The sentences are to run consecutively. Howard also gave Hubbard a $5,000 fine and five years of post-release supervision.  

 

Howard sentenced Bruce Jefferson to five years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for statutory rape. Jefferson also faces a $1,000 fine and five years of post-release supervision.  

 

Howard sentenced David Porter to two years in the MDOC for felony driving under the influence -- third offense. Porter also was given a $2,000 fine and faces three years of post-release supervision.  

 

Kitchens sentenced Wanda Larrimore to 10 years in the MDOC, but suspended the sentence, for embezzlement. Kitchens gave Larrimore five years of probation, a $200 fine and ordered her to pay $1,909.50 in restitution. 

 

Kitchens sentenced Cedric McGowan to 13 months in the MDOC for felony fleeing a law enforcement officers. McGowan also faces a $500 fine and 47 months of post-release supervision. 

 

Kitchens sentenced Jimmy Shed to five years in the MDOC for felony escape. He also faces a $250 fine and five years of post-release supervision.  

 

Kitchens sentenced Scotty Hollis to 10 years, but suspended the sentence, for receiving stolen property. Hollis faces five years of probation and a $500 fine. Restitution is to be determined at a later date and set by a court order. 

 

Kitchens sentenced Charles Hogan to one year in the MDOC for DUI -- third offense. Hogan also received a $2,000 fine and faces four years of post-release supervision.  

 

Kitchens sentenced Daniel Headley to seven years for each of three counts of auto burglary, but suspended each of the sentences. Headley faces five years of probation. Additionally, he must pay a combined $600 in fines and $197 in restitution. 

 

Kitchens declined to accept the guilty plea of Rena Marie Walker for one count of identity theft and instead gave Walker five years of probation. Walker also received a $200 fine and must pay $343.89 in restitution. 

 

Kitchens sentenced Steven Knox to five years in the MDOC, but suspended the sentence, for attempted burglary of an automobile. Kitchens gave Knox five years of probation and a $200 fine.  

 

Howard sentenced Latoya Halfacre to one year of house arrest for possession of cocaine. If Halfacre completes the house arrest program successfully, she will receive five years of probation. If not, she faces eight years in the MDOC. Howard also ordered Halfacre to pay a $500 fine. 

 

Howard sentenced Joseph Russell to five years in the MDOC, but suspended the sentence, for attempted grand larceny. Howard gave Russell five years of probation and ordered him to pay a $500 fine, plus $200 in restitution. 

 

Kitchens sentenced Daphne Hodges to a combined 11 years in the MDOC system. Kitchens sentenced Hodges to 20 years in the MDOC for an aggravated assault charge, but suspended 19 years. Hodges was on probation for uttering forgery, but violated her probation with the aggravated assault charge and was ordered to serve the 10 years for the uttering forgery charge.