Family feud lands 3 in jail

Published 12:15 am Friday, August 27, 2010

A Babbie community couple is in jail after allegedly hiding the whereabouts of a known criminal wanted for violation of a court order.

Chief Deputy David Anderson of the Covington County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to a “fight in progress” at a home on Parker Road in Babbie.

When they arrived, the deputies discovered that Joseph Evan Tillery, 21, had fled the scene. From reports, Tillery had been engaged in a physical altercation with his brother, James Eugene Tillery, who lived at the Babbie home with his girlfriend, 18-year-old Heather Suzanne Miller.

“When it was discovered that Tillery had fled the scene, we called in Sheriff’s Posse member Chad Clark and his K-9 ‘Tracker,’” Anderson said. “It wasn’t long before Tracker located Tillery a short distance away and he was apprehended.”

Tillery was taken into custody and transported to the Covington County Jail, where he was charged with obstruction of governmental operations, resisting arrest and for violation of a court order. He was held without bond.

Anderson said it was a well-known fact that Tillery was wanted by law enforcement.

“(Miller and James Tillery) failed numerous times to notify deputies when (the wanted man) was at their residence,” he said.

As a result, the two were charged with hindering prosecution and booked into the county jail under a $3,000 bond. Miller is also being held without bond, as she was out on bond from a previous incident, Anderson said.