Posts Tagged ‘trial’

Attorneys of woman accused of fatal buttocks injections look to undermine testimony

JACKSON — Defense attorneys for a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman in 2012 through illicit silicone buttocks injections tried yesterday to undermine the testimony of the lead investigator, who acknowledged under cross-examination that investigators have not matched silicone seized from the defendant’s house to that found in the victim’s body. Defense lawyer John […] [...]

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of […] [...]

Trial postponed in Aldridge family dispute

TUPELO — The case against state Rep. Brian Aldridge and his parents for allegedly taking property from a relative and converting it to their personal use has been delayed in Lee County Circuit Court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports they were scheduled to go to trial Monday. It was delayed after defense attorney T.K. […] [...]

Palmertree’s embezzlement trial set for March

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree is scheduled for trial March 24 on three counts of embezzlement. The Vicksburg Post reports that lawyers for Palmertree waived arraignment Monday. Palmertree is charged with inappropriately taking funds from her office’s civil and criminal accounts into her circuit clerk fee account. The circuit clerk collects […] [...]

Businessman seeks separate trial on corruption charges

D’IBERVILLE — A south Mississippi businessman wants a separate trial on corruption charges, saying he could be incriminated by a statement his co-defendant made to the FBI. Scott Walker and former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus are charged in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg with fraudulently using D’Iberville money. The Sun Herald reports that Walker […] [...]

Ex-contractor’s bank fraud trial postponed

SOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for a former Southaven contractor who admitted to submitting fake invoices to a bank for work at a subdivision his company never built has been delayed until an unspecified date. The Commercial Appeal reports James Harris was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, but his lawyers […] [...]

Doctor accused of murder-for-hire wants judge removed from case

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove a judge appointed to preside over his case. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the latest twist in the case came after Judge Breland Hilburn denied another request to recuse himself and levied sanctions on Smith’s attorney, William […] [...]

New judge appointed to hear ex-DMR director’s criminal trial

GULFPORT — Criminal cases against Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son, Scott Walker, and three others have been reassigned to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett usually hears cases in Hattiesburg. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., the chief judge for Mississippi’s Southern District, was originally […] [...]

Judge postpones Medicare fraud trial of hospice owner

GREENWOOD — A federal judge has delayed the trial of the owner of a Mississippi hospice charged with running a multimillion dollar Medicare fraud. Regina Swims-King was charged in June in a 37-count criminal indictment related to the actions of Angelic Hospice in Greenwood. Her trial had been scheduled for December. Swims-King’s lawyer had asked […] [...]

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