The fourth man charged in an attempted rape and home invasion assault was arraigned Monday in Washington County Sessions Court and one of his co-defendants immediately raised the judge’s ire by laughing at the allegations.
Najier “Tim” Hugley, 21, 515 Pardee St., faces charges of aggravated assault, especially aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated rape in the Aug. 22 incident at a 600 St. Louis St. apartment. The assault left one victim hospitalized with severe head injuries.
As Hugley was being arraigned, Judge Don Arnold read the affidavit in open court to inform Hugley what he’s accused of doing. During the reading, Lance Hugley, 22, 515 Pardee St. — who is also charged with aggravated assault, especially aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated rape — laughed.
“Are you laughing?” Arnold asked. “You better not laugh about these allegations.”
Lance Hugley had also laughed at his own arraignment Thursday as another judge was reading the affidavit, but didn’t get noticed by the court that time.
Two other men — Janmichael Vincent “Gotti” Lingo, 21, 1400 Orleans Terrace, Apt. 420, and Adrian Dashon “D” Bizzell, 405 Bettie St. — were arrested a short time after the incident. Lingo is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated rape. Bizzell is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated rape.
Lingo, Bizzell and Lance Hugley were scheduled for a preliminary hearing on their charges, but since Tim Hugley was arrested over the weekend, prosecutors want to keep the cases together. And because of one attorney’s upcoming two-week vacation, the case had to be rescheduled for Sept. 26.
Attorneys in the case — Don Spurrell for Bizzell, Bill McManus for Lingo, Patrick Denton for Lance Hugley and Casey Sears for Tim Hugley — had to come up with a suitable date to get the case heard soon, even though their clients were not in favor of the delay.
Denton told Arnold that his client was also being held on a charge in Criminal Court and asked the judge to grant Lance Hugley an “own recognizance” bond. Even with the OR bond, Hugley would not be released because of the Criminal Court hold.
“There’s been no evidence in this case,” Denton said.
“I don’t care. The allegations themselves are enough to make your hair stand up,” Arnold told Denton.
According to court documents filed by JCPD Investigator Matt Bolton, police responded to an aggravated assault call at 600 St. Louis St. around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 22. Officers found Randy Tucker, who had been beaten with a beer bottle, suffering from lacerations to his head.
Police said a female also reported being sexually and physically assaulted. The woman said she was able to get up and make her way to Tucker’s apartment, but the men followed her. Bizzell, she said, hit her with a beer bottle twice and forced his way into the apartment uninvited.
The woman told police that Bizzell hit her a third time with the beer bottle, and when Tucker attempted to intervene, Bizzell hit him with the bottle.
Bizzell left the apartment, according to police, but returned a short time later with the other three men.
Tucker and the woman “heard someone attempt to kick the back door and at the same time someone jerked open the screen door that was locked,” the warrant said.
The document went on to detail how Bizzell allegedly held the female victim down while Lingo, Tim Hugley and Lance Hugley surrounded Tucker.
The woman “heard two thuds and all four fled from the apartment. When she was able to get up, she found Tucker covered in blood,” Bolton wrote in the warrant.
Bizzell is being held on $250,000 bond and Lingo, Lance Hugley and Tim Hugley are being held on $150,000 bond each.