Beef plant trial, scheduled to start Monday, taken off judge’s calendar
The civil trial involving the state and the Georgia-based company hired to manage the construction of the failed Mississippi Beef Processors plant in Oakland has been taken off Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd’s calendar.
The trial had been scheduled to start Monday morning.
Dorsey Carson, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, would not comment when reached on his cell phone Friday, other than to confirm that the trial was not going forward as of mid-afternoon.
Usually, a civil trial being removed from a judge’s calendar means the two sides have reached a settlement, or are close to doing so.
The state of Mississippi, its now-defunct Land, Water and Timber Board and the Mississippi Development Authority are suing Facility Construction Management Inc. in an effort to recoup some or all of the $54 million the state lost when the cull cattle plant closed shortly after it opened in 2004.
Three Facility executives have since been released from federal prison after they each plead guilty to making an improper donation to former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove’s campaign. Richard Hall, former president of Mississippi Beef Processors, is still incarcerated in a facility in Kentucky, according to the Bureau of Prisons website, and is scheduled for release in May.