JURY FINDS LORENZO SHEAD, JR. GUILTY OF FONDLING

Greenville, MS—Lorenzo Shead, Jr. was found guilty of Fondling in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.

After twenty-five minutes of deliberations, a Washington Count jury announced the verdict in open court at 5:55 on yesterday. Following two days of testimony, Shead was convicted of Fondling. The teary-eyed victim detailed to the jury how she was awakened out of her sleep by a naked Shead attempting to put his private part in her buttocks. Future medical exams of the victim and Shead proved that he had given her Chlamydia during the crime.

Assistant District Attorneys Kaylon A. McCou and Takiyah Perkins, during closing arguments, recapped the evidence presented to the jury, showing that there could be no other reason for Shead’s actions but his perverted lust and a criminally immoral sexual desire. Sentencing in this case is scheduled for later in this term of court.

ADAs McCou and Perkins are pleased to finally provide some closure for the victim, and thankful for the Investigators of the Greenville Police Department Sexual Assault Unit, Child Protective Services, and the many agencies involved in helping deliver justice on this day.

Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson

District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District │662-378-2105

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The mission of the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Circuit Court, under the direction of
W. Dewayne Richardson, is to seek justice in order to maintain an environment of safety, security and lawful behavior for the citizens of the Fourth District.

The Office of the District Attorney uses lawful and reasonable methods to successfully identify and prosecute those who commit felony crimes. When a crime occurs, the Office of the District Attorney diligently pursues the indictment and conviction of those responsible, while adhering to all rights of the Victim, ensuring the victim is being provided all direct services applicable, and acknowledging all constitutional safeguards for the accused.

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Greenville Office
P.O. Box 426
Greenville MS 38702
[P] 662.378.2105
[F] 662.332.4665
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Indianola Office
P.O. Box 1046
Indianola, MS 38751
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Greenwood, MS 38935
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Judicial Process

Citizen's Involvement in the criminal justice system typically begins with them being a victim, witness, or defendant of a crime. Arrests are made generally by a judge-issued warrant or by a police officer observing a crime in process. Law enforcement may also arrest someone if it has probable cause to believe the person committed a criminal offense. When individuals are arrested they are routinely advised of their Miranda Rights upon arrest, advising them that they have the right to remain silent and that anything they say will be used against them in court. On being questioned, defendants have the right to have their attorney present or to have one appointed if they are indigent.

Felony defendants appear at a first appearance and have the charges reviewed. A judge will inquire if the defendant has an attorney. If low income, the defendant may qualify for a court-appointed lawyer. No plea is entered at this time unless the defendant wishes to plead guilty or waives indictment and has an attorney present. All felony cases are presented to a grand jury in the county that the crime was committed. In the State of Mississippi, only a grand jury has the authority to indict an individual for a felony offense and require them to stand trial for the charges alleged in an affidavit and indictment.

If an indictment is issued, the defendant is bound over to stand trial or enter a guilty plea to the crimes alleged. When a criminal trial occurs all 12 jurors must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentences are decided by Circuit Court Judges in all criminal matters. In most cases a recommendation is made regarding imprisonment, probation, fines and restitution.