An accused murderer, already a convicted felon, has been indicted in Jasper County on another felony crime.
According to Mississippi Thirteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Matt Sullivan, Michael Shane Askew has been indicted for “Lustful Touching of a Child.”
Askew is accused of the crime against a 7-year-old, and Sullivan said Tuesday the intentions of his office are to protect that child as much as possible.
“If Askew chooses to go to trial and maintain he is innocent of the charges, the seven-year-old victim will be required to testify. In all cases where minors are required to testify it is the goal of the District Attorney’s Office to shield them from further trauma as much as possible,' Sullivan explained. “My office plans on coordinating with the Jones County District Attorney on their pending charges against Askew, and together we can seek an appropriate justice that will provide all victims as much closure as possible.”
In Jones County, Askew is accused of the mid- February killing of 82-year-old Betty Dickerson who lived just north of Laurel.
According to court documents, the incident in Jasper County with the child is documented to have occurred on January 21, 2020, only just over a month prior to when Dickerson was brutally killed at her home. He was denied bond by Jasper County Justice Court Judge Marvin Jones during an arraignment revolving around the charges related to the child in early March.
Askew had also been denied bond in the Dickerson murder case by Jones County Justice Court Judge Grant Hedgepeth during an initial appearance.
Following the discovery of Dickerson’s body by her son on February 17, Askew was apprehended as a suspect by US Marshals in Nashville, Tenn., after he fled Mississippi. The victim’s car was also recovered in Tennessee. Askew waived extradition in Tennessee and was transported back to Jones County.
Law enforcement officials believe a knife was used in the murder.
Before the alleged murder of Dickerson and the alleged incident with the child, Askew had been remanded into the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for crimes in which he was convicted in Jasper County - sell of a Schedule II controlled substance and jail escape - on August 17, 2017. Following conviction on both of those crimes, it was adjudged by Circuit Judge Stanley Sorey that Askew’s prison time was served (147 days) for the controlled substance conviction, but post release supervision was ordered. The attempted jail escape, which happened at the Jasper County Jail in March 2017 and was quickly quelled by Jasper County Sheriff's Department officials, occurred while Askew was incarcerated for the controlled substance charge. He was convicted on that charge and was sentenced by Judge Sorey to serve five years incarcerated with the Mississippi Department of Corrections on that conviction, a sentence that was to run consecutive to the controlled substance sentence.
Askew was later paroled by MDOC well before his incarceration release date.