Case excepted from trial review hearings

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 09:04 PM

A Henderson murder case advanced directly to trial phases, and a rape case inched toward trial on a motion for a court-ordered investigator to help in establishing a proper defense.

Myiesha Monique Williams, charged in the Dec. 11 drive-by shooting death of 16-year-old Deonte Malik Judkins, appeared in Superior Court Tuesday before Judge Robert Hobgood.

Hobgood ruled for the case against the 19-year-old Williams to be excepted from routine trial review hearings. Williams is charged with one count of murder.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Capps said the move takes Williams’ case out of the normal case management system.

Williams is a codefendant with Quatrail Pair, the 23-year-old accused of being the triggerman in what detectives characterized as a drive-by shooting that killed Judkins at 1283 Walters Street.

According to police, Pair fired over the top of a black Chevrolet Impala driven by Williams.

Judkins was a student at Northern Vance High School.

Williams received a $250,000 bond. He was not held in Vance County jail as of Tuesday, according to jail officials.

Pair remained jailed on a charge of first-degree murder and numerous other charges from unrelated cases, including another murder charge.

James Edward Boyd appeared in court Tuesday before Hobgood, who ordered that a $1,500 fund be applied for forensic help in Boyd’s defense.

The 47-year-old Boyd faces charges of first-degree rape and kidnapping on warrants that indicate a 22-year-old woman was the victim in a July 28 incident that resulted in her being hospitalized.

David Waters, Boyd’s attorney, said he would hire local forensic detective Michael Grissom.

“We make the request that Mr. Boyd be afforded an investigator for his case,” Waters said.

Boyd remained jailed on a $1 million bond, and housed away from Vance County on a safekeeping order according to jail officials.

He is scheduled to return to court during the week of Oct. 15.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.