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Robbery Suspects Have Court Appearance Thursday

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – A pair of men charged in a brutal liquor store robbery last May are scheduled to appear in court Thursday during plea day.

            Nicholas Hall and Keith Cook each face two counts, robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. The incident occurred on May 2, 2014, as Dorris Massie was closing 315 Package Store on Blackmur Drive in Water Valley around 10 p.m. She was jumped by one suspect, and pushed down as he took her purse and fled. Massie was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford for treatment

            If a plea if not reached, a trial date is set for May 4, with Judge Smith Murphey presiding. Corey Williamson was appointed to serve as Cook’s public defender. Cook is out on a $30,000 bond. Hall is represented by Oxford attorney Charles Carr and is out on a $15,000 bond. Cook has previous convictions including burglary of a building other than a dwelling in 2007 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2011. He was indicted as a habitual offender. Both men were indicted last September by a grand jury in the Second Judicial District.

            The two men are among 20-plus defendants scheduled to appear in court during the plea day with Circuit Judge Robert Chamberlin presiding. On Monday the first of two weeks of court are scheduled in Water Valley with multiple defendants scheduled for trial if plea agreements are not reached. Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reported 225 jurors have been summoned for the first week of court.

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