Crime

Warrant: She was bound, beaten because they thought she was a snitch

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged member of the Simon City Royals street gang accused, along with six others, of holding a woman at a drug house and beating her.

The crime occurred because the seven mistakenly thought the woman was a police snitch, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Judge Robert Krebs issued the bench warrant for contempt for Dillon Scott Odom, 20, after Odom failed to show up for a court date following his indictment on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Odom and the six others are facing stiffer penalties because the crimes allegedly occurred at the direction of or to benefit a criminal street organization.

Odom did not show up for his arraignment last week for an earlier court appearance.

The others charged in the case are Shanna Sumako Cox, 40; Sherry Lynn Emile, 45; Nathaniel Trent Estringer, 24; Christopher Michael Gray, 29; Malcom Ellis McDaniel, no age available; and Jeremy Alan Widel, 28. All are from St. Martin except Widel, who lives in Vancleave. The six have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 17.

Jackson County deputies arrested six of the seven after discovering the 30-year-old woman, bound with duct tape and beaten at a Travia Avenue home. McDaniel was arrested after his indictment in the case.

According to authorities, the woman was taken from her home about 6 a.m. July 24, 2015, and deputies found her about noon the next day.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Smith has said the home where she was attacked already was under investigation as a possible drug house involving meth sales.

To report information on Odom’s whereabouts, call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 769-3063 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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