A man charged with second-degree murder in Eupora and with kidnapping in a nearby city has been released from custody after posting bond on both charges.
Joshua Zachary Devon “Josh” Oats was arrested May 21 immediately after Al Gaston was shot and killed inside the Eupora Convenience Store on West Roane. Oats was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Gaston, 29. The Eupora Police Department said the shooting stemmed from an argument over a cell phone.
Oats, 26, was bound over to await grand jury action after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on May 23. Webster County Jail records show he posted a $500,000 bond Thursday afternoon through Pugh’s Bail Bonding. However, the Eupora man had a hold from the West Point Police Department on a kidnapping charge and was transported to the Clay County Jail after making bond here.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office records show he was booked in there at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and released about 7 p.m. after posting a $100,000 bond.
Congressional party primaries Tuesday
First Congressional District party primaries will be Tuesday, June 7. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
These candidates are on ballots for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1st District, which includes Webster County:
• Trent Kelly (incumbent)
• Mark D. Strauss
• Hunter Avery
• Dianne Black
Saturday, June 4, is the last day for in-office absentee voting. The Circuit Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse in Walthall will be from 8 a.m.-noon.
Wanted man turns self in to EPD
A fugitive who was wanted by local authorities turned himself in last week on felony charges.
Quindale L. Morris, 42, surrendered himself to the Eupora Police Department on Thursday, May 26. He posted bond totaling $11,000 and was released pending a preliminary hearing, which is set for Tuesday.
Morris had two felony warrants with the city on charges of convicted felon in possession of a firearm and felony fleeing.
Grand jury returns 32 indictments
The Webster County grand jury recalled May 24 has submitted a report of its investigations.
The grand jurors investigated 50 reported violations of law and questioned 11 witnesses, according to their report. Afterwards, they returned into open court 44 true bills recorded on 32 indictments; three cases were no-billed and three cases were remanded to lower court.
Debbie Bagwell served a foreperson. A new grand jury will be empaneled June 20.
— From Staff Reports