Two Clinton County brothers who were charged two months ago in the death of a man at his residence near the Wayne County line have each been indicted by a Clinton County Grand Jury.
Thomas A. Roberts, 38, and Phillip M. Roberts, 33, were indicted for “murder or complicity to murder” in connection with the incident that occurred in September of this year.
The grand jury indictment alleges that on or about September 20, Thomas A. Roberts and Phillip M. Roberts, acting alone or in complicity with each other, committed the offense of Murder, a Class A felony, when said defendant or defendants beat and stabbed multiple times; and that in doing so they caused the death of Frank F. Perdue.
In addition, Phillip Roberts was indicted on a count of second degree persistent felony offender for having allegedly committed the crime after having been stood convicted of a prior felony offense within the past five years.
The true bills were handed down in open Circuit Court last Tuesday, November 20.
Several other persons were named in indictments by the grand jury, many on multiple counts, as follows:
* The alleged offenses of trafficking in marijuana (two counts) and cultivation of marijuana, against David Stonecipher, when on or about September 23, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in marijuana, more than eight ounces, this being his second or subsequent offense and on or about September 30, trafficked in marijuana more than eight ounces and planted, cultivated or harvested more than five plants of marijuana with the intent to sell or transfer it, this being a second offense.
* The alleged offenses of theft by unlawful taking or disposition (four total counts, three in one indictment and one in another) and violating graves (three counts in one indictment and a single count in another for four total charges), against Susan Denney, when on or about May 12 of this year, the defendant took or exercised control over flowers placed on four graves, all having a value of $500 or less and the offense of violating graves when she removed the flowers from the graves.
* The alleged offense of burglary, third degree (two counts) against James Earl Brumley III, when on or about May 18 and 24, the defendant entered or remained unlawfully in the building(s) belonging to Chester D. Poore and Jerry D. Stearns, respectively, with the intent to commit a crime.
* The alleged offenses of wanton endangerment, first degree (two counts); operating a motor vehicle on revoked or suspended license; possession of open alcohol container; operating a motor vehicle under the influence; improper registration plate; no/expired registration plates; failure to maintain insurance; and criminal trespass, second degree, against David Johnson, when on or about October 5, the defendant wantonly engaged in conduct when he sped his vehicle down the runway of Spring Creek Air Park, locked his brakes and skidded over 100 feet, left the end of the runway, went airborne and crashed on the left shoulder of Olympus Drive, skidded approximately 49’ 11” across Olympus Drive and over an embankment, on the right shoulder before coming to a rest, with Deborah Bell and Tiffany Bell as passengers.
Also unlawfully remaining on the run way of Spring Creek Air Park without permission.
* The alleged offenses of possession of a controlled substance, first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia, against Michael L. Stearns, when on or about September 19, the defendant unlawfully possessed fentanyl, classified in Schedule I or II narcotic drug, first offense and possessed drug paraphernalia.
* The alleged offenses of possession of a controlled substance first degree, second degree and third degree; possession of a meth precursor; possession of controlled substances not in original container; possession of drug paraphernalia and persistent felony offender second degree, against Gabrial L. Duvall, when on or about September 3, the defendant possessed methamphetamine; possessed a controlled substance classified in Schedules I or II narcotic drug and possessed a controlled substance classified as schedule IV narcotic drug; possessed a methamphetamine precursor; possessed controlled substances not in the original container; possessed drug paraphernalia and committed the alleged violations after having been stood convicted of a prior felony offense within the last five years.
* The alleged offenses of possession of a controlled substance first degree, second degree and third degree; possession of a meth precursor; possession of controlled substances not in original container and possession of drug paraphernalia, against Melonie A. Conner, when on or about September 3, defendant possessed methamphetamine; controlled substances classified as schedules I or II narcotic drugs and schedule IV or V narcotic drug; possessed a meth precursor; possessed controlled substances not in the original container; and possessed drug paraphernalia.
* The alleged offense of theft of identity against Bobbi C. Gibson Denning, when on or about February 1 through August 31, 2011, the defendant on numerous occasions used a credit card belonging to Sharon Braswell without her consent.
* The alleged offense of flagrant nonsupport against Jose Guerrero, when on or about October 1, 2006 through November 20, 2012, defendant failed to pay support for his minor child or children, said failure to pay having resulted in an arrearage of $9,330.44 as of November 20.
(Editor’s Note: An indictment is a statement of probable cause to believe an offense has been committed and further court proceedings are warranted. Those individuals named in an indictment are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.)