Arraignment for armed robbery suspect on hold

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 9, 2003

VIDALIA &045; The arraignment of Willie Dunbar III on armed robbery charges was postponed Wednesday to give attorneys a chance to view a reportedly incriminating surveillance tape.

The tape, which is currently in the possession of the Ferriday Police Department, was taken Oct. 9 of last year at Peanut’s convenience store on E.E. Wallace Boulevard in Ferriday.

On that date, Dunbar, the son of Concordia Parish Police Juror Willie Dunbar, allegedly entered the store wearing a mask, wielding a gun and demanding that owner William &uot;Peanut&uot; Cornwell and his wife, Leanette, turn over the contents of the cash register.

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The Cornwells complied with the 23-year-old Dunbar’s orders, but in the confusion of the moment, he allegedly shot their dog, a 2-year-old timber shepherd named Ira, who was reportedly asleep on the floor at the time.

Dunbar was arrested Oct. 24 after investigators received information that appeared to link him to the crime.

On Wednesday, defense attorney Derrick Carson filed a motion for discovery in order study the surveillance tape. Neither he nor Assistant District Attorney Ronnie McMillin had seen it.

Judge Kathy Johnson rescheduled Dunbar’s arraignment for Feb. 5, to allow both Carson and McMillin sufficient viewing time.

The elder Dunbar was present in the courtroom for much of the morning but left before his son’s case came up.

The Cornwells’ dog, although he was shot in the head, has since made a full recovery, thanks to the veterinary prowess of Dr. Debbie Guillory.

No charges have been filed against Dunbar for shooting the dog, but McMillin said such charges might be considered in the future.