Man indicted in DUI deaths of 6
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:00 AM
A Philadelphia man was indicted on six counts DUI-manslaughter in connection with the Dec. 29 deaths of his five young children and an adult family friend.
Duane John Sr., 34, of 10270 Road 604, faces the six counts of DUI-manslaughter after he was indicted by a grand jury during the May session.
John was indicted in the deaths of his children: Dasyanna John, 9; Duane John, 8; Bobby John, 7; Quinton John, 4; and Kekaimeas John, 18 months; and Diane Chickaway, 37, of 1017 Fox Trail Road.
The six died when the vehicle they were traveling in left the roadway and submerged into a creek near the Neshoba-Newton County line.
John, the driver of the vehicle, and two other adults escaped serious injury in the incident, which occurred shortly after midnight on Road 107.
Sheriff Tommy Waddell said it appeared that none of the children were in child restraints and that none of the adults were wearing seat belts.
Divers from the Philadelphia Fire Department located the vehicle submerged in about 22 feet of water about 2:30 a.m., Fire Chief Pierce Clark said.
The city's new rescue truck was instrumental in the recovery efforts, he said.
Clark said the doors of the vehicle were closed and survivors apparently exited through a window.
In an unrelated case, Daniel Larry Williamson, 47, of 100 Sistrunk Ave., Lot 3, was indicted for arson and murder in the March 2 death of Terri Lee Gwyn, 29.
An autopsy showed that Gwyn died of asphyxia, prior to the fire. The autopsy was ordered after an accelerant was detected on the bed where the remains were found, the authorities said.
The grand jury considered 39 cases during the May term, examining 73 witnesses.
Thirty-two indictments were returned.
Other indictments processed at press time:
LeSanders Bragg Lewis, 38, of 100 Sistrunk Ave., Lot 10, DUI third or subsequent offense.
Ebony Froditia Triplett, 33, of 377 Loper St., DUI third or subsequent offense.
Brockstein Davis, 23, of 233 Bell Ave., aggravated domestic violence.
Gary Hayes Willis Jr., 40, of 931 Black Jack Road, DUI third or subsequent offense.
Robert M. Murphy, 42, of 11372 Mississippi 485, DUI third or subsequent offense.
Manuel Van King, 41, of Rt. 1, Box 324, Conehatta, DUI third or subsequent offense.
Adam Carl Stokes, 37, of 11581 Road 452, DUI third or subsequent offense.
Stephanie Diane Hardy, 39, 1017 Range Ave., three counts statutory rape.
Garald Benson Johnson, 32, 176 Choctaw Road, Conehatta, DUI third or subsequent offense.
Kelly Renae Cockerham, 31, of 10340 Road 129, possession of methamphetamine.
Burlon Keith Goodin, 46, of 10751 Road 452, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Terrius Boyd, 19, of 241 Water Ave., strong-arm robbery.
Billy Joe Clemons, 46, of 401 south Lewis Ave., fraudulent sale of scrap and sale of less than 30 grams of marijuana.
Michael Ashley Bell, 35, of 15260 Highway 19 south, DUI third or subsequent offense.
Marvin Lee Tanner, 62, of 21349 Carson Road, Pride, La., attempted sexual battery.
Stacy Burnside, 38, of 41 south Lewis Ave., sale of Alprazolam.
Phillip Warren Bougon, 48, of 14941 Road 488, possession of firearm by a convicted felon.