HARRISON CO. (KMHT) - District Clerk Mellinda Craig turned herself into the Harrison County Sheriff's Office today, and was subsequently released on $8,500.00 bond. Craig was booked on four separate charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Deadly Conduct, Criminal Trespass and Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member.
In the arrest warrant obtained by KMHT Radio, for charge of Deadly Conduct, affiant Michael Todd Martin, a Texas Ranger, states on June 30, 2014 he was contacted by the District Attorney's Office and was advised alleged victim Barry Nelson had sent a video to Investigator Joe Bounds. Investigator Bounds informed Martin that he received the video via text message on June 26, 2014. Martin reviewed the video and observed an individual known to him as Craig pointing a firearm at the operator of the video recorder. In the video, the victim is asking Craig if she is going to shoot him.
In the arrest warrant for the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Martin states he was contacted by the Harrison County District Attorney's Office and was asked to investigate an aggravated assault. Martin spoke with Betty Mayfield, Nelson's mother, who stated that on June 21, 2014 she was in the middle of her driveway when a vehicle driven by Craig pulled in. Mayfield told Martin she put her hands up signaling Craig to stop. Mayfield went onto say that the defendant refused to stop and drove the vehicle towards her and Mayfield had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle. On July 8th, Martin spoke with Lee Ann Holt, who told Martin she witnessed the incident. Holt added that when Mayfield signaled Craig to stop, Craig accelerated the vehicle and attempted to run Mayfield over. The charge of Criminal Trespass stems from the same incident, Mayfield told Martin Craig arrived at her residence uninvited, and drove her vvehicleinto her driveway to the of Mayfield's property where her son, Nelson, was residing. Mayfield told Martin she told Craig numerous times to leave her property but she refused. Further, Mayfield had previously contacted the Harrison County Sheriff's Office and asked them to contact Craig and tell her not to come to her residence. Harrison County dispatcher Ashlea Watson stated in an affidavit that she did contact Craig by phone and tell her not to go to the location.
The final charge of Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member comes from an incident that allegedly happened on March 1, 2014. According to the arrest warrant written by Martin, on March 4, he was contacted by the Harrison County Sheriff's Office and asked to investigate an assault case. He contacted the alleged victim, called B.T. in the warrant, because she is a minor. B.T. told Martin that on March 4, she was at her grandfather's residence in Hallsville when Craig became involved in an altercation with other family members. B.T. stated she told Craig to stop, and then Craig grabbed her and allegedly struck B.T. in the face two times/ Craig allegedly used her hands to strike the girl.