Arrest Reports and Mugshots are not State Secrets in Biloxi even if it involves the D’Iberville City Prosecutor

What you folks see on Slabbed is a small fraction of the muck we are leaked on a regular basis such as the following arrest report of Fred “Dub” Hornsby back in 2017 after he was involved in a ruckus with his girlfriend. Slabbed has had this jewel for almost a year:

Hornsby Arrest Report by Slabbed on Scribd

D’Iberville won’t release mugshots or police report on arrest of councilman, wife ~ Margaret Baker

After Councilman Robby Ellis and his wife, Chelse, were arrested Saturday on domestic violence simple assault charges, the Sun Herald filed a records request to obtain the police incident report, arrest records and mugshots, along with the court documents.

However, the city denied access to the booking photos and the arresting officer’s full narrative.

Police Chief Wayne Payne said, “everything goes through the (city) attorney,” before any information is released.

In D’Iberville, W. Fred Hornsby III serves as both city attorney and prosecutor.

Why would Hornsby block the release of public information available everywhere else in the state? Perhaps it was his experience in Biloxi but it is appears more likely to be favorable treatment given the politically connected alleged perpetrators. And without the viewpoint of the police report for the public to see, you end up with an PR blitz from the alleged perpetrators massaging the message:

It was a ‘heated argument’ and not domestic violence, Coast councilman says after arrest ~ Margaret Baker

Though the couple declined to press charges against one another, state law allows law enforcement officials to make an arrest in a domestic violence case if they feel there is evidence.

Chelse Ellis made the call to D’Iberville police to come to their home around 8 p.m.

Ellis said he and his wife had an argument like most couples do, and he took her cellphone.

His wife, he said, got angry and slapped him. He used his arms to keep her back, he said ,which caused “a little redness around her neck.”

He said he had a “little mark on my upper lip.”

There you have it folks, they were just funnin’ and things got a little out of hand.

For the record, Hornsby fought the disorderly charge and beat the rap, kinda like the Ellis’ will, albeit with far less transparency in the system.

Back to the muck. I’ve been getting stuff on D’Iberville for a while now. Something tells me more of it will become topical as this case progresses, kinda like Hornsby’s 2017 arrest in Biloxi.

18 thoughts on “Arrest Reports and Mugshots are not State Secrets in Biloxi even if it involves the D’Iberville City Prosecutor”

  1. After many past dealings with the City of D’Iberville I can honestly say that Dub is a Douche. Anyone that surpassed Richard Rose in being an asshole truly has accomplished something.

    1. I don’t know why you don’t like him. You just need to be his friend as I hear he takes good care of them. He supposedly helped a Councilman’s dad beat a charge, a Supervisor’s child beat a charge and even helped his girlfriend beat a charge. All in the D’Iberville court which he runs.

  2. Well, Hornsby runs the D’Ib Court (and City) like his personal sand box. He’s the City Attorney, Prosecutor, Planning Attorney etc. The City has never done an RFP for legal services; somehow Hornsby just keeps getting appointed the City Attorney. And, yes, he actually writes his own employment contract too.

  3. Well, when he writes his own contract he can make sure there’s no language prohibiting him from taking a cut from every bond issue the City cranks out. State law (MS Code 21-15-25) is pretty clear on this. Therefore, the more he encourages the City to borrow the more he makes… classic! Naturally, the City Manager, Mayor and Council aren’t smart enough to figure this out.

    1. Well that makes sense as D’Iberville has never met a bond issue that it didn’t like. It really does seem like a conflict of interest though as there’s not much incentive for him to encourage the City to borrow less as that just means he’ll make less money. Of course, he also does legal work for developers who are doing business in the City and who expect the City to borrow money for infrastructure. So, Hornsby makes money from both sides. Maybe the State Auditor should look at this arrangement.

      1. You’re right, Hornsby is knee deep co-mingling his various business activities which certainly looks fishy. Even the MS Center for Public Policy took an interest in Hornsby back in September when they wrote a report on him and the land transfers surrounding the failed Galleria project. Check out
        If the City Council doesn’t clean up their house and sweep Hornsby out it’s going to be an interesting election year for those folks. Of course, I’m sure Hornsby has done so many personal favors for them that they can’t afford to cut him loose as he might sing like a canary.

    2. They are either not smart enough to catch him or they are in cahoots with him. It’s probably a little of both. Unfortunately, the general public is not aware of this arrangement and although the Sun Herald pretends to be full of investigative journalists they just don’t have what it takes to start peeling back the layers. One of these days it will all come to light, but by then the damage to the taxpayers will have really be done.

  4. Ignorance is bliss for those guys… even the local paper. Just last year the City spent $60K for a Mobile law firm to conduct an audit of the D’Iberville Court Dept. The City Judge quickly and mysteriously resigned. Of course, Hornsby picked the firm and he’s still standing. And, not one word was mentioned anywhere in the media. Oh, and now Hornsby handpicked the new judges with one who just happens to be an attorney who shares office space with him.

  5. On this Hornsby arrest report it looks like Tisdale was the Judge. Didn’t Tisdale have a law practice with Hornsby Grandmother? And I heard that Hornsby met his new wife while he was defending her for a DUI charge in Biloxi which he got set aside. Tisdale was the Judge then. Funny thing though is that MS law says that DUI charges are not supposed to be set aside. Google “MS Code 63-11-39”. Maybe Hornsby really is a great attorney.

  6. You guys don’t get it. Dub really is the smart one in this scenario. The D’Ib Mayor and Council are too dumb to know any better, the citizens are clueless, the media is too lazy to do any real journalism and the Feds and State Auditor are busy chasing their tails looking for pats on the back. All the while, Dub is cashing in using his good ol’ boy connections and doing favors for a select few to enrich himself. At least has the intestinal fortitude to shed a little light on his scams. Maybe during the next city election we can make this an issue, expose some of these scams and either run the Mayor and Council up the road or Dub.

  7. The Hancock County Community Development Foundation and the Chamber Director are trying to get the skinny on Stimulus Funding for Small Businesses. They just want to get between the recipient and the donor to dole out The money for Hire! Trump is smarter than that! He wants to directly distribute the relief so every penny goes to the problem. They never stop trying.

  8. Dub Hornsby has gotten away with more criminal activity than any one on the coast. Walks around and tries to fight and intimidate people like he’s still in Junior High. He has been under FBI investigation and nothing seems to stick. Times are changing and he will be exposed for the corrupt POS that he is.

  9. I have some information on this guy to share that will definitely spark more questions about this deeply disturbed individual and the people in his inner circle and hopefully will lead to some answers. You must read the ending to see all the case numbers of criminal activity he has been involved in. W “Dub” Fred Hornsby is a bully and ticking time bomb. Hornsby Watts is a complete joke of a law firm. Mark Watts knows exactly what kind of person his partner is behind the scenes but he has become so shady himself and only fuels Hornsby and his corruption because of the money he makes off of it. They are crooked and put up a fake good ole Biloxi boys facade. Their firm is known for incompetent lawyers over billing clients and especially for over billing the city of D’Iberville but went to flat rate in recent years to escape accountability once the FBI started knocking on their door. David Neumann with Piltz, Williams, LaRosa is Hornsby’s personal CPA and the CPA for Hornsby Watts. They are all in shady and fraudulent business dealings together. It is a disgrace that the city of D’Iberville is so corrupt, inept and weak that city officials would allow someone as unstable, unethical, and incompetent as Hornsby to take care of legal matters for their city and allow him to repeatedly use his position to further his own self-serving agenda at the expense of the city and citizens. Hornsby is a complete liability to D’Iberville yet they trust him to protect them from liabilities. It is the biggest irony. He probably gets them into trouble and then they have to pay him to get him out of trouble. He is a con artist and really bad lawyer. If you’ve ever looked over Hornsby’s legal work, it is like nothing you have ever seen. He does not know the law, does not know the meaning of most of the words he uses, lies incessantly and can barely spell a word. It is entertaining to read his work but astonishing that he made it through law school and passed the bar. I heard his grandmother must have called in a lot of special favors to get him through. If you witness him in a courtroom, it is even worse and a painfully embarrassing experience. He tries to make up for his lack of competence by being obnoxiously loud, overbearing, and boisterous throwing mud and just hoping something sticks. If you hire him, you’ll lose. I know from experience. He calls himself a bulldog attorney but he is more like an inbred dog chasing his tail and suffering from so many disorders that he needs full time supervision and lots of medication. His legs shake so much, they look like they may take flight. He is hopped up on something and it is scary to watch someone so unhinged. The vein that bulges from his forehead appears to have a heartbeat and his hair falls out right in front of you. I don’t know if the giant bald spots are from him pulling his hair out or if it all just falls out. It is shocking to see. Nothing is as shocking and disturbing as what comes out of his mouth though. He is inhuman. He gives a bad name to the legal profession and to the state of MS. City officials in D’Iberville are well aware of his behavior but it appears he owns them and is considered to be above the law. His connections in Biloxi are just as strong especially with one judge in particular named William Tisdale who was law partners with his grandmother for decades at Sekul Hornsby Tisdale. Let’s get to the interesting stuff that dives deeper into this story posted on slabbed. Before Dub was arrested with his then girlfriend and now wife, who has gone by numerous last names so try to keep up, Courtney Ann Albrecht (maiden name) DeFrances (1st husband’s last name) Hornsby (2nd husband’s last name which is Dub) in a domestic dispute with her on 10/14/17 at a country music concert at the coliseum in Biloxi, MS, (Case #: 17-025711 with Judge William Tisdale presiding resulting in his arrest) Dub began an adulterous affair with Courtney Ann Albrecht DeFrances after she was his DUI client in June/July of 2016 and they were both married to other people. (I am 100% sure he should be disbarred for this but this ethics rule must not apply to Hornsby.) Her name at the time of her arrest was Courtney Ann DeFrances and her DUI violation was on 6/18/16 in Biloxi, MS, Case #: 16-015379 and I bet you can guess the presiding judge assigned to the case in Biloxi Municipal Court. You guessed it! Judge William Tisdale was there to save the day again and dismissed Courtney’s DUI with Dub Hornsby as her attorney of record. W. Dub Fred and Courtney Ann Albrecht DeFrances Hornsby do not feel an obligation to follow the law because luckily for them, Judge William Tisdale must feel an obligation to dismiss any charges brought against them. Their criminal activity is not exclusive to Biloxi. After the domestic dispute in Biloxi on 10/14/17, they were involved in criminal activity in D’Iberville, MS just a month later. On 11/30/17, Courtney Ann Albrecht (name on record at this time now that she divorced her 1st husband DeFrances and dropped his last name) was approached late in the evening by two officers with the D’Iberville police department after a witness called the police on Courtney who appeared to be under the influence and completely intoxicated but this time outside Target in D’Iberville with Hornsby’s child who is a minor. This should have resulted in a 2nd DUI for Courtney this time with a minor in her care but it did not. The night should have gone very differently and if Courtney had been an average person without Hornsby’s protection and connections, they would have been buried under the jail for what she did to the child. Lucky for Courtney and unlucky for the child, the City Prosecutor and City attorney Hornsby was called to the scene and Courtney and the child were released to Hornsby by the cops who knew him without as much of a breathalyzer or blood test or even a police report. Courtney abused the child and charges for neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were later filed against Courtney Ann Albrecht but that case seems to have disappeared. Call in to request records and you will be told there is no case showing up under the assigned case # 17-08556. D’Iberville transferred the case to the Justice Court of Harrison County, Case # 17-08556. Judge Melvin Ray signed the charges on January 3, 2018 and Herman Cox was assigned as the prosecutor. How long does it take for a case like this to go to trial and how does the victim receive justice when this happens? I guess if they keep pushing it off and transferring it, Hornsby will find a judge to get it dismissed as well. If it goes to Biloxi Justice Court, Judge Fountain will likely get it dismissed for him. Hornsby would sell out his own child rather than have Courtney or himself held accountable. Days after this instance in D’Iberville, Hornsby left the United States for months and came back to a girlfriend and his former DUI client who had been pregnant with his child for 5-6 months. Shortly before the birth of this poor baby, the two were married by Judge Fountain in D’Iberville who was also a big help in past criminal dealings they were involved in. The two of them now likely carry out many of their domestic disputes in or outside their home built on the water in Biloxi, MS from loads of money made off of the city of D’Iberville. Neighbors now get to witness their obscene language and behavior in this once peaceful neighborhood. Hornsby thinks he is untouchable because he has been for the most part and will continue to be until someone or a group of people who really care have the integrity, strength and decency to say no more. The city of D’Iberville should be ashamed and held accountable for their negligence. What is it going to take D’Iberville? What is it going to take Biloxi? What is it going to take Mississippi Bar Association? What is it going to take MS National Guard? What is it going to take? Does Hornsby have unlimited passes because he has that much power and control over these small town officials? Hornsby turned his hat around backwards ready to fight his arresting officer and yelling for the cops to wait to see what would happen to them and repeatedly yelling “you don’t know who the f*ck I am” while they were arresting him. He is a bully and tries to fight cops. If he were black, would his outcome have been the same? I have to wonder. If Courtney Ann Albrecht DeFrances Hornsby were a black man in that condition being highly inappropriate with Hornsby’s minor child, would her outcome have been different? This isn’t a race issue but I have to wonder how very different the outcome would have been. What is it about these people that gives them the privilege to be considered above the law? Does it take an army of people to speak out and make complaints? If so, where do we begin? If you have had unprofessional, unethical or unpleasant dealings with Hornsby, you can leave feedback on your negative experience on his law firm’s Hornsby Watts Google My Business page so others will be warned and know what they are getting themselves into.,1,,,

    1. Ace has definitely done his homework. Good job as the more we can expose this terrible individual and those who enable him the better. I just wish the media would pick up on this and do a little “investigative” journalism. It wouldn’t require much as most of his crooked and shady actions are right out in the open. Heck, he just got a new BMW and where do you think that came from… Mandal’s dealership. Hornsby even brags about not paying for homeowner’s insurance on his new house which on it’s face wouldn’t be a bad thing if you could afford to self-insure. However, it makes you wonder if the bank who loaned him the money to build his house knows this. Or, if he paid cash; how could he afford a half million dollar home with cash.

  10. It’s good to see the spotlight getting refocused again on Hornsby. Here’s something hot off the press- Hornsby just put in a pier at his new house. Funny thing though as the DMR apparently doesn’t have any record of issuing a permit for his address. Disturbing tidal lands is a violation of State Law and Federal Law as the DMR is tasked with issuing permits for piers through an agreement with the Army Corps.

  11. I just checked with the City and he also didn’t file for a building permit for his new pier which is a misdemeanor. Let’s see if anyone works to correct this “honest” oversight. Based on the pictures I’ve seen it’s apparent the construction wasn’t a minor endeavor, but I’m sure he just forgot to file the proper paperwork.

  12. A friend whom I am associated with had a run in with Hornsby not too long ago. He had to serve a subpoena from the Chancery Court to Hornsby’s new wife. Undoubtedly, Dub cut him off at the doorway, chased him across the yard and then ran down the road after the car screaming obscenities. You would think an attorney would have more respect for someone who is engaged in court-authorized actions. Perhaps the folks at Slabbed can dig up a little more on this incident as I’m sure someone had to have filed a report on this bizarre behavior.

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