By David Howell
SARDIS – A Coffeeville man is out of jail after posting a $200,000 bond last Thursday.
Daryl Necaise had been locked up in the Yalobusha County jail since May 15, after being charged in the May 11 shooting of Laurence Covington. His bond originally was set at $575,000 by Justice Court Judge Gary Tippit.
After a grand jury indicted him on June 20, his attorney, Tony Farase, was granted a bond reduction hearing.
Last Thursday, in a Circuit Court hearing in Sardis, Farase successfully argued before Judge Andrew Baker to reduce Necaise’s bond from $575,000 to $200,000. Later that afternoon, Necaise posted bond.
Necaise had been charged with six felony charges, five of which stemmed from the shooting. While behind bars in June, Necaise also learned that he would face a felony charge for sale of a controlled substance stemming from an undercover operation by sheriff deputies prior to his May 15 charges.
The grand jury indicted Necaise for aggravated assault and kidnapping last week, while two charges for possession of stolen property and one charge of mayhem were not pursued, according to Sheriff Lance Humphreys said.
“It was the District Attorney’s decision to go with aggravated assault and kidnapping,” Humphreys said, adding that kidnapping can carry a life sentence.
“We had good cases on the mayhem and the two charges for possession of stolen property, but the District Attorney decided not to present those,” Humphreys said.
Humphreys also said he did not agree with the bond reduction.
Covington was shot on a Friday outside of Coffeeville on County Road 82 and held in a barn until Sunday, when he was taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis by his captors. The bullet had entered his back and exited, breaking a leg.
Humphreys would not elaborate on the details of the Covington’s confinement, but said it was brutal.
Three others were also indicted for alleged roles in the shooting including Daryl Necaise’s mother, Linda Necaise, who face two charges, kidnapping and accessory after the fact of aggravated assault.
“She was originally charged with accessory after the fact for kidnapping, but the grand jury upped the charge,” Humphreys said. She is out on a $50,000 bond.
Chris Longstreet was also indicted for kidnapping and aggravated assault. He is out on a $100,000 bond after a bond reduction hearing. His original bond was set by Tippit at $500,000. Jay Warren was also indicted for accessory after the fact of aggravated assault and kidnapping in the incident. He is out on a $50,000 bond.