Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith sent a letter out to the press publicly denouncing Senior Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green.
Smith says Green violated court rules by allowing suspects in two separate capital murder cases to be released on either no bond or low bond without first notifying the district attorneys office.
The D.A. cited two recent capital murder cases. In the first, the D.A’s office filed a motion challenging the release of Nicholas Coats. He was indicted for the murder of 23-year-old Chelsie Kirschten. She was shot and killed at the intersection of State and Fortification in August a year ago. Coats was released on his own recognizance.
Now, the D.A.’s office says they believe Green violated court rules again by settting a bond of $25-thousand in the capital murder case of Joseph Baker. In February, Baker was found in his truck with a gunshot would to the back of the head. The suspect, Crystal Marshall A/K/A Crystal Hawkins A/K/A Tussy MacMade, was granted the reduced bond. The D.A. says he was not notified as stipulated by court rules. Judge Jeffrey Weill later revoked the bond.
We reached out to both parties but have not heard back from Robert Shuler-Smith or Judge Tomie Green.