Warrant, Three Grand Jury Indictments, All Same Offense, Judge Gives Directed Verdict of DismissalRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 06 2020 6:38 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Congratulations to 20th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Todd Derrick. He demonstrated his judicial ability to listen, pay attention, and make a reasonable and educated decision that some will be critical of but was the right decision to be made.
When family gets involved and there is money involved families lose all sense of reality.
A family made a complaint against Quida Hayes Sheilds of Banks Alabama. She was born in 1944 so you figure her age. The accusation was Financial Exploitation of the Elderly.
ARREST NUMBER 1 - CASE NUMBER CC 2018 - 2084
Dothan Police arrested Mrs. Shields and had her brought from Bullock County to Houston County in case number CC 2018 - 2084 on June 1, 2018. Mrs. Sheilds was indicted by a Houston County Grand Jury on May 23, 2018, after the arrest police officer obtained an arrest warrant, for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly.
That meant a one sided evidence case was presented to a Grand Jury of 18 people who issued a Grand Jury Indictment.
The case was scheduled for trial several times but was never reached.
On October 7, 2018, on a Motion Filed by the State of Alabama ( District Attorney ) asking this case, CC 2018 - 2084 be remanded back to another Houston County Grand Jury. Reason given "to cure a defect in the language and charges of the indictment". The trial court granted that motion to dismiss the second indictment.
So far, one arrest warrant issued by a Magistrate and One Grand Jury Indictment all for the same offense.
ARREST NUMBER 2 - CASE NUMBER CC 2018 - 3333
The arrest warrant originally issued in the first case goes to a secret body of 18 people, for the second time, to hear one side of the story. Those 18 people, who only heard one side of the story, once again issued a second indictment on the same offense alleged to have been committed on November 18, 2018.
Mrs. Shields was once again indicted on May 23, 2018 on the same offense. Once again arrested.
The case starts proceeding for trial.
Then, again, the State of Alabama ( District Attorney ) filed a motion with the Court for the offense to be Nolle Prossequi/Dismiss. The trial court granted the motion and the case dismissed.
ARREST NUMBER 3 - CASE NUMBER CC 2019 - 574
For the third time on the same offense, the same State of Alabama ( District Attorney ) carried Quida Hayes Shield before a Houston County Grand Jury. Again one side of the case is presented and now for the third time a Houston County Grand Jury issues a third indictment against Ms. Shields for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly.
NOTE: OKAY, so far (1) Police Officer appears before a Court Clerk Magistrate and states probable cause and obtains an arrest warrant (2) Defendant is arrested, bonded, and arraigned before the court (3) The investigating officer and victims go before three Houston County Grand Juries. They get indictments all 3 times but has two dismissed because of mistakes made in the indictments.
AFTER THE THIRD INDICTMENT
Houston County contacts Bullock County Sheriff requesting they go to Ms. Shields residence, arrest her, handcuff her, place her in the patrol vehicle and Houston County would then send a deputy to Bullock County and transport her to Dothan.
A SHERIFF IS THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVE AND TO KNOW HIS PEOPLE
A Sheriff of a county is the people's elected law enforcement officer. The Sheriff is to know the people of his county and if they are good and will do as they say. Other counties, agencies and federal agencies are not to go into a county and dictate to the Sheriff. Even the FBI is not to tell the Sheriff.
The Sheriff is to tell the FBI, I know these people and all I have to do is call them and they will come in.
Well the Sheriff of Bullock County was a poster child for what a Sheriff is suppose to do. He refused to arrest, handcuff the lady and have Houston County come get her. He sent her to Houston County to turn herself in, for the third time on the same offense. And she did as they Sheriff said she would.
FINALLY, A TRIAL BY A JURY OF 12 IN HOUSTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
This week was criminal jury trials in Houston County. Ms. Sheilds case was heard by a jury of 12 in 20th Judicial Circuit Court, the Honorable Judge Todd Derrick's presiding.
The prosecution goes first and presents their case. The prosecution witnesses. The burden of proof is on the prosecution.
When the State of Alabama ( District Attorney ) completes their case and rest, it is then time for the defense team to present their case, if, they feel one must be presented.
In this case defense counsel made a Motion To The Court for a "directed verdict" in a judgment of acquital, in the State of Alabama had failed to meet their burden of proof in their case in chief.
Ms. Shields was represented by Attorney's T. J. Haywood and Raynor Clifton.
Following the Motion of Haywood and Clifton Judge Derrick hands down is decision...
JUDGE DERRICK GRANTS THE DEFENSE MOTION FOR A DIRECTED VERDICT OF ACQUITAL IS THE CASE AGAINST MS. SHEILDS.
Law Enforcement Officers, Lawyers and Judges, with the swipe of a pen, can alter or change someone's life. Forever.
Yes, there are bad people.
Yes, they are good people who make a bad decision.
Yes, they are people who do not make a bad decision but painted into someone evil.
And those in the system, and I am speaking to myself, often times get immune to the system and forget a lot of people this the first time they have ever been involved in the system.
Coldness by those in authority or thinking you are a god over people is not the answer.
A 23 year old man killed himself out of state in the parking lot of the police station. He was laughed at in court and apparently made fun of. For him doing what he thought was right.
But the gods in power, to the understanding laughed at him.
It was no reason to take his life, but beginning with a hot dog worried about stats, the swipe of a pen, through the case, the young man took his own life.
On behalf of the people of the State of Alabama, the 20th Judicial Circuit, I sincerely apologize that you were put through hell for what could not be proven in court. And it took an arrest warrant, three Grand Jury Indictments, and a trial to prove yourself innocent.
To T.J. Haywood and Raynor Clifton, great job.
The the Honorable Todd Derrick, thanks for being a man of character, listening, and having the backbone to do what was right.