Cases trial: First witnesses set the stage

Published 10:40 am Wednesday, August 16, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Dispatcher Alan  Henderson was the first witness to be called into the courtroom for the Mississippi vs Case trial Wednesday morning. Brandon and Gregory Case are co-defendants and were indicted by a grand jury on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and shooting into a motor vehicle. 

Henderson is currently employed with the Brookhaven Police Department as a dispatcher as he was on the night of Jan. 24 when D’Monterrio Gibson, a FedEx driver, was delivering a package on Junior Trail Northeast. 

Henderson testified he was working the shift to midnight when he received a call from Gregory Case. District Attorney Dee Bates entered a disk with a recording of the phone call into evidence. Henderson testified the audio was the phone call Gregory made to Brookhaven Police Department and it was played for the jury. 

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In the phone call, Gregory Case says he saw a suspicious vehicle come down the road. He said he drove down to check it out and was nearly run over. Brandon Case, his son, tried to slow down the suspicious vehicle but he too was nearly run over Gregory says in the call. 

Gregory said in the call it was a Hertz delivery van with a Florida tag and he would like to find out who it was because, “They were up to something not good.”

Henderson testified Gibson called after Gregory had called. A disk with audio from the call was entered into evidence and played before the jury. Gibson tells Henderson he is a FedEx driver and was delivering packages on Junior Trail when he was chased and followed. 

Gibson tells Henderson he is in Jackson and he and a FedEx manager would be in Brookhaven on Jan. 25, 2022 to file charges. 

“It wasn’t anyone suspicious,” Gibson said in the audio. 

Patrick Wilson, manager of subpoena division for Telepax, testified on phone records collected through a subpoena issued in August of 2022 containing phone calls and texts from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2022.

Tim Huckabee, a former manager of the Fleetway truck stop on Union Street Extension, testified he was approached about video evidence containing a Hertz rental van and a white pickup truck. Video showed about five seconds of the vehicles passing by at night. The camera is time stamped and showed it was 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 when the vehicles passed by. 

Court recessed around 10:10 a.m. but should resume shortly.