Court proceedings have begun for many arrested in the Feb. 20 brawl during the regional tournament at Meridian High School.
Preliminary hearings began July 10 at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Mound City. Pulaski County state’s attorney Grayson Gile said for the last 4 months his office has been reviewing video footage of the incident provided by Meridian High School and going over eyewitness testimonies. Gile said after reviewing the tape, he has been able to get several strong visual identifications.
“I’ve got several of what might be referred to as ‘Sports Illustrated’ shots,” Gile said referring to the clarity of some of the images he has been able to pull from video footage.
Not all the identifications have been this clear, though. Gile said he has had to postpone approximately one third of the cases so his office can gather more evidence. Gile said he wants to err on the side of caution and have more evidence than he needs before going to court.
“I do not want to go out there and make allegations to try to put forward a case if there is not sufficient evidence,” he said.
In May, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office released a list of the twelve individuals arrested. They were: Bruce Woodson, of Cairo, Cameron Robinson of Cairo, Cordell Johnson, of Cairo, Darian Engram of Mound City, Darmez Nelson of Ullin, Darryl Jackson, of Cairo, Dejhanane Washington of Cairo, Jemond Pilgram, of Mounds, Kathryn Nesby, of Mounds, Richard Steele, of Mounds and Wilmont Gibson Jr. of Cairo. A juvenile was also arrested.
All 12 suspects were charged with reckless conduct. In the state of Illinois, reckless conduct can either be a class 1 misdemeanor or a class 4 felony.
–Isaac Smith can be reached at (618)-734-4242