On Monday, Curtis Bela Alford and John Beck, two Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies, watched an all-black jury seated for their trial in Holmes County Circuit Court in Lexington. Circuit Judge Janie Lewis is presiding. Opening arguments began today at 9 a.m.
District Attorney Akillie Malone Oliver is prosecuting, with Scott Rogillio in the second chair, and defense attorneys James Powell and Kevin Horan are representing Alford and Beck. Mark Boutwell of Kosciusko is assisting with the defense.
From a pool of approximately 80 Holmes County potential jurors, an all-black jury, consisting of nine women and five men, were seated and instructed of the rules of the court. Of the 80 potential jurors, nine were white.
During voir dire, Powell said possible state’s witnesses would be Holmes County Sheriff Willie March, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Lee Taylor, and Holmes County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick James among others.
According to Powell, the state is also expected to call Tremaine Williams, son of Odessa Williams to testify.
In 2012, a Holmes County grand jury indicted Alford and Beck for allegedly opening fire on a car driven by Odessa Williams of Lexington.
They also stand accused of holding another man, Albert Coffee, without cause in the back of a patrol car for several hours.
Beck and Alford are facing one count of aggravated assault, one count of shooting into a vehicle, one count of obstruction of justice, one count of conspiracy and one count of kidnapping.