A woman’s vulgarity at a bingo hall in Gun Barrel City in September 2010 ended Wednesday with her being convicted of possession of methamphetamines.
Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee said ADAs Nancy Rumor and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case against Joy Lynn Everett yesterday.
McKee said the jury only deliberated seven minutes before they returned the guilty verdict in the second-degree felony case tried in the 173rd Judicial District Court with Judge Dan Moore presiding.
McKee said jurors heard testimony that Ms. Everett was observed at approximately 6:30 a.m. by patrons and employees of the Golden Belle Bingo profusely rubbing herself in a vulgar manner and scratching her face.
McKee said officers Jessie Ison and Kenneth Bee from the Gun Barrel City Police Department were dispatched in response respond of an intoxicated person after several unsuccessful attempts to get Everett to leave the premises by the management.
“Multiple patrons had complained of Everett’s vulgar actions,” he said.
McKee said when the officers made contact with Everett they believed that she was under the influence of narcotics and consented to a search of her purse.
Within her purse was a leather cigarette case containing: 14.55 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, multiple baggies, torch lighters, and a glass pipe.
Ison testified that the pipe is what he would call “well used.” Everett was placed under arrest and taken into custody.
The substance was later confirmed through laboratory testing.
The prosecution said given Ms. Everett’s admission the purse was hers and the consent for officers to search her purse was given by the woman the only chose was to find her guilty.
“The officers and prosecutors did a great job,” said McKee. “The quick verdict is a testament to just how well the case was investigated and prosecuted.”
Everett has elected to have the Court assess her punishment and faces incarceration of up to 20 years.