Several separate high profile cases centered around multiple suspects went before Circuit Court Judge Tim Stark on Monday.
Terrence J. Shelton pleaded guilty on Monday to multiple sex-related charges, according to Graves County Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Kemp.
Shelton will be sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to two counts of Second-Degree Sodomy (Class C Felonies); Second-Degree Rape (Class C Felony); Possession/Viewing Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor (Class D Felony); and Possession of a Controlled Substance — Marijuana (Class A Misdemeanor). He will also be a Registered sex offender for the remainder of his life.
Additional time was tacked onto the sentence for violating the conditions of a pretrial diversion on a previous conviction received on Dec. 8, 2014. In that prior case, he was sentenced to five years for First-Degree Complicity to Trafficking in Controlled Substance (First Offense). Since the pretrial diversion was revoked, the five-year sentence will run consecutive to his 20-year conviction, totaling 25 years in prison time.
Trujillo Roman, who is accused of voyeurism, was arraigned on Monday. Roman’s attorney, Carlos Moran entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, Kemp said.
Roman, of Water Valley, is charged with 27 counts of Promoting Sex Performance By A Minor Under 16 Years Of Age. He was arrested in July by the Graves County Sheriff’s Office after they investigated several hidden cameras found in people’s homes in Graves County and Weakley County in Tennessee. Roman allegedly hid the cameras inside the homes without the residents’ knowledge or permission. He did have initial permission to be in their homes.
Detectives recovered numerous images and videos depicting several people in private settings, including seven juveniles.
Roman’s next court date is a pretrial conference slated for Oct. 19.
Stanford Shelton, charged with the June 2019 shooting death of a SaVannah Hancock, also appeared in court on Monday. Kemp said Shelton’s next court date is slated for Sept. 21. Between now and then, Kemp said they would attempt to mediate the case with Shelton’s co-defendant, Dimetri Ross.
Stanford Shelton is charged with Murder; Complicity to Commit Murder; and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun. Ross, who is also charged with Hancock’s murder, and Shelton allegedly drove to a duplex in the 700 block of West Lee Street with the intent of shooting Jerrod Powell over a leadership dispute within the Mayfield faction of the Vice Lords Gang. Police believe Ross was driving when Shelton fired a gun through the wrong door, striking unintended target Hancock in the neck. She later died from her injuries at a hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
Powell, who lived adjacent to Hancock, was unharmed.
Shelton is also being charged with attempted murder.
Keon Boyd, who has three pending felony cases in Graves County, each consisting of multiple charges, was also arraigned on Monday. In his first case, he is charged with First-Degree Burglary; First-Degree Robbery; First-Degree Unlawful Imprisonment; and First-Degree Wanton Endangerment.
In his second, he is charged with First-Degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Meth) — less than two grams.
In his third case, he is charged with being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance — First offense; First-Degree Fleeing or Evading Police in a Motor Vehicle; Buying/Possessing Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in Marijuana, less than 8oz — First Offense; and No Operator’s/Moped License.
Boyd was initially arrested in January where he and an unknown female forced their way into an occupied home, looking for an acquaintance that lived there, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office. When the residents said that person was not home, Boyd and the unknown female forced there way into the person’s bedroom and began stealing items from the residence. Boyd also allegedly forced one of the male occupants, at gunpoint, to help carry items out of the home.
Boyd was later found hiding in a closet in a residence on Housman Street.
Boyd was arrested again in the summer after being sought by authorities for bail jumping. On July 2, Graves and McCracken County Sheriff’s detectives observed Boyd driving a vehicle in the Boaz area. Boyd immediately tried to flee, speeding through a residential yard, but hit a mobile home. Illegal drug items and drug paraphernalia were located in and outside the vehicle. A loaded 9mm was also found.
He is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Oct. 19.