Judges sign recusal in Acy case

Published 11:41 am Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Both judges in the 14th Circuit Court district have recused themselves from presiding over the case of Charles Acy, the 18-year-old Lincoln County man indicted in the deaths of two teens. 

Acy is charged with two counts of DUI homicide in the deaths of Jevonta Dickey, 18, and Shaquan Richardson, 18. Both Dickey and Richardson were Brookhaven High School seniors.



Judge Michael M. Taylor and Judge David H. Strong Jr. signed the recusal order Monday afternoon. The Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court will assign an outside judge to oversee the case.

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Acy allegedly was under the influence of marijuana or alprazolam, also known as Xanax, when he drove negligently and struck a vehicle carrying the teens. Acy was also allegedly speeding at the time of the accident.

Dickey and Richardson died Oct. 14, 2014, after the 2008 Ford F-150 they were traveling in was hit by Acy’s 2003 Hummer. Richardson was pronounced dead on the scene, and Dickey was transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, according to Deputy Coroner Ricky Alford.

In October, the Brookhaven Board of Alderman voted to bring in David Brewer from Pike County as prosecutor due to potential conflicts of interests and to ensure Acy has a fair and impartial trial.

During his initial appearance in October, Acy was denied bond.

During the probable cause hearing in February, Judge Brad Boerner found that Acy could be a flight risk and a threat to public safety. Boerner ruled Acy was entitled to a bond and set it at $1 million. Acy is prohibited from driving, leaving the state, alcohol consumption and consuming narcotics without a prescription.

Acy remains in Lincoln County jail.