Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

March 20, 2013

Assault, drug cases bound to grand jury

By Leeann Akers - Editor
Journal-Times

March 20, 2013 — Two bizarre cases were bound over to the grand jury Monday in Carter District Court.

Vanessa Gollihue, 21, of Grayson, and Phillip McDavid, 36, of Grayson, appeared for a preliminary hearing on charges of trespassing and assault.

The alleged victim of the assault, Francie Middleton, testified on her own behalf.

According to Middleton, Gollihue and McDavid brutally attacked her in her driveway on March 4.

During her testimony, Middleton said she had complained many times that people were pulling into her driveway for drug deals and to “get high.” Middleton said she had many times found syringes when taking her children to wait for the bus.

Middleton said on the night on March 4 she approached a vehicle in her driveway and told them to leave. At that time, Middleton said McDavid walked out of the dark and got into the vehicle. He then drove a little way down the road.

Then, Middleton testified that Gollihue walked back toward her from the car, “screaming and swinging.”

She said the two fought and then McDavid began to hit Middleton.

Middleton was treated after the incident for a concussion and puncture wounds. She also lost a tooth.

The defendants were reprimanded during the hearing by Judge Rupert Wilhoit for laughing during Middleton’s testimony.

Middleton admitted to striking Gollihue in self-defense but said she was unable to strike back when she was hit by McDavid.

The case was bound over to the grand jury and a request for a bond reduction was denied.

Heather Krause-Brown, 27, of Grayson, Jacob Seagraves, 22, of Grayson, and James Canty IV, 27, of Detroit, Mich., were arraigned on charges of first degree possession of heroin.

Grayson Patrolman Jason Hall testified in the case.

Hall said that the three were arrested Jan. 11 when a search warrant was served on the residence where they were staying. At that time, the three were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and engaging in organized crime.

Nearly two months later, on March 2, Grayson police were called back to the same residence by a maintenance worker.

According to Hall, the residence had been empty since the three were arrested in January. While cleaning the trailer for a new renter, the man found a bag of what he believed to be drugs in the refrigerator.

Hall said the substance was heroin which led to the possession charges. The case was bound over to the grand jury.