Two suspects involved in separate shootings were arraigned on assault charges Monday afternoon in Christian District Court sending both cases to preliminary hearings next week.
The first case to appear involved Jaylynn Cheatham, 21, who is accused of being involved in a shooting at the Marathon gas station on East Ninth Street that left two people injured on Mar. 27.
Cheatham was finally arrested after police had been searching for Cheatham on Friday afternoon.
Cheatham appeared in court Monday afternoon with his defense attorney David Rye, who stated that he would be waiving formal reading of Cheatham’s arraignment and would be entering a not guilty plea on his behalf as he and Cheatham consider how to move forward in his case.
Following Rye’s appearance, Chief Assistant County Attorney Maureen Leamy explained to Judge Foster Cotthoff that he should have more charges than what were listed on the court docket Monday.
The docket stated that Cheatham was only charged with one count of first-degree assault and on count of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Leamy contended that the docket should be changed to reflect that he is actually charged with two counts of first-degree assault and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
“Can I note that the charges are not quite accurate,” Leamy said to the judge, before listing the proper charges and added, “That’s what the report says.”
Cotthoff also added that Cheatham has an additional case on the docket, however, those charges are not related to the same incident.
Cheatham is also charged with adult kidnapping and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.
The judge then continued Cheatham’s case to a preliminary hearing on Monday, May 17 in district court.
A preliminary hearing involves testimony given by the officers or detectives who charged the defendant regarding what evidence has been gathered in the case.
The judge will then determine in that hearing if there is probable cause to send the case to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury would then determine whether or not to indict the defendant on their charges.
According to New Era archives, just after 9:15 p.m. on Mar. 27, Cheatham allegedly fired several shots while in the parking lot of the Marathon gas station, striking two victims and putting several others in danger of serious injury or death.
After police responded to the shots fired, officers reportedly found Darrius Quarles, 20, Hopkinsville, with gunshot wounds and was transported to Jennie Stuart Health before being flown to a Nashville hospital for serious injuries.
The second victim, Bryan Jones, 38, Cadiz, was also taken to Jennie Stuart for gunshot wounds but was treated and released.
The report added that the shots fired put five other individuals in the area in danger of being shot.
The second shooting case involved Marshawn Taylor, 24, who is accused of shooting a woman at around 10:45 p.m. Thursday on North Elm Street.
Taylor was arrested Friday night after he arrived at Jennie Stuart Health with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the thigh.
Taylor is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Taylor appeared in Cotthoff’s courtroom Monday afternoon while at the Christian County Jail. Defense Attorney David Rye shared with the court that he would also be representing Taylor in this case.
Rye then waived formal reading of the arraignment and entered a not guilty plea on Taylor’s behalf.
Cotthoff also scheduled Taylor for a preliminary hearing for Monday morning.
According to New Era archives, Taylor allegedly shot Marka Smith, 26, Owensboro, while she was sitting inside a vehicle during an argument between the two. She was reportedly shot in the wrist and hip.
Smith was transported to Jennie Stuart Health by EMS and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter. She was last reported in critical, but stable condition.