Robert Lenoir, an attorney from a prominent family in McComb, Mississippi, had at least three prior arrests for domestic assaults. One alleged assault involved his previous wife. That alleged assault occurred on 9-15-2017. According to documents obtained by HPNM, the alleged victim told officers Lenoir hit, kicked, and strangled her. According to the police report, Mrs. Lenoir was reluctant to press charges, “due to fear of reprisal from the suspect and his family.” Nevertheless, the officer arrested Lenoir. Mrs. Lenoir filed for divorce, and the case was not prosecuted.
Two other alleged assaults purportedly occurred on 10-21-2019 and 08-16-2019 and involved Lenoir’s girlfriend, Reagon Brooke Hatley Zufelt; who is also the mother of his child. According to one police report, Zufelt stated Lenoir blamed one assault on steroids and was, “trying to get clean.” Hatley-Zufelt alleged Lenoir caused the injuries (pictured) with his Glock handgun.
Zufelt failed to show up for court on both occasions, and the cases were dismissed by the presiding judge. However, prior to the trial on one charge, for which she didn’t show, Hatley-Zufelt warned others about hiring Lenoir saying,
“So if you are stupid enough to hire someone like this, I hope your hearing isn’t January 8th because he is on trial that day himself.”
Hatley now lives with Lenoir and their minor child.
Lenoir was charged in a seven-count indictment on June 9th, 2022 by special prosecutor Becky Pruett Denham involving, in part, the death of Wendy Dansby. Dansby reportedly was a family friend. She was found dead in his home on March 30th, 2021. The charges in the indictment include:
Count I: First-Degree Murder
Count II: Possession of Controlled Substance
Count III: Tampering with Physical Evidence
Count IV: Possession of Controlled Substance
Count V: Child Endangerment
Count VI: Felony Child Abuse (poisoning)
Count VII: Tampering with a Witness
Denham is the special crimes prosecutor for the Forrest County District Attorney’s Office and was appointed after the Pike County District Attorney’s Office recused themselves from this case. Special Judge Forrest A. Johnson was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to preside over the case after both Pike County Circuit judges also recused themselves.
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