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2 indicted for murder in March shooting

By Robin Y. Richardson
April 25, 2013 at 10 p.m.


A Harrison County grand jury indicted two Jefferson residents for murder Thursday in connection with the March 8 death of David James "Cherry Bomb" Cherry Jr., of Marshall.

Indicted were 31-year-old Jason Stevens Rand and 21-year-old Oriel Jacinta Alexander.

The two were arrested for the 28-year-old's death after police released a surveillance video found during the homicide investigation that shows Rand and Ms. Alexander with a gun at Cherry's residence on Georgetown Road around the time of the incident.

Police released the video to the media and a description of the suspects, notifying the public that they were wanted in connection with the murder and possibly headed to the Houston area.

Thanks to tips called in from the public, the two were found and arrested in Houston two days after Cherry was discovered at his residence with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Both of their bond amounts were set at $500,000.

The grand jury also indicted 42-year-old Robert Edward Deramus for the Dec. 10, 2012, robbery of Family Dollar.

Additionally, Deramus was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft of property more than or equal to $1,500, but less than $20,000.

According to a police report released during the time of his arrest, Deramus was arrested for the robbery at Family Dollar at 603 W. Grand Ave., less than a week after a fatal robbery at Domino's Pizza.

Police were notified of the Dollar Store robbery around 8:18 p.m. An employee told police, at the time, that a black male entered the store with his hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon and demanded "in a stern voice, but hurried voice" that the employee open the register.

"The employee stated that after opening the register, the black male grabbed the cash out of the register and ran out of the store heading westbound on U.S. Highway 80," officials said at the time.

Deramus, was arrested the next day in connection with the robbery after going to the sheriff's office, asking to speak with an officer about the incident.

"After further investigation, the black male was identified as Robert Edward Deramus, of Marshall," officials said.

Officials learned that Deramus was wanted out of the department for questioning in reference to several ongoing investigations.

He was later booked in the county jail and charged with robbery; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, which is a state jail felony; theft more than $1,500, another state jail felony; and organized retail theft, a Class A misdemeanor.

Others indicted by the grand jury Thursday were:

Brian George, 24, theft of property more than or equal to $1,500, but less than $20,000;

Joshua Kirkland, 28, theft of property more than or equal to $1,500, but less than $20,000;

James Kirkland, 57, theft of property more than or equal to $1,500, but less than $20,000;

Richard Benefield, 43, theft of property more than or equal to $1,500, but less than $20,000;

Susan Renea Patterson, 39, theft of property more than or equal to $1,500, but less than $20,000;

Lenzie Anthony Jones III, 34, theft of property more than or equal to $20,000, but less than $100,000;

John Michael Barton, 44, theft from the elderly;

Johnny McCray, 42, possession of a firearm by a felon;

Tara Lynn Hergert, 28, credit card/debit card abuse;

Subruna Walton, 35, credit card/debit card abuse;

Darnisha Najid, 26, forgery;

Andrea Vines, 33, forgery of a financial instrument of the elderly;

Cesar Enri Vences, 28, driving while intoxicated third or more offense;

Frederick Wayne Hardeman, 31, possession of a controlled substance;

Samantha Nicole Doss, 34, possession of a controlled substance;

Tia Elizabeth Pomeroy, 21, possession of a controlled substance;

Timothy Kelly, 51, theft of property more than or equal to $1,500, but less than $20,000.

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