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Jury finds man guilty in death of Mississippi business man

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BAY ST. LOUIS — A Hancock County jury has convicted a man of murder in the 2012 death of a Bay St. Louis businessman. The jury returned a unanimous verdict Tuesday after deliberating for about two hours. The Sun Herald reports Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Glen Davis, a habitual offender, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

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CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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Feds: No evidence that black man’s hanging was homicide

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JACKSON — Investigators have found no evidence that the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi was a homicide, and the civil rights probe into the death has been closed, the Justice Department said Friday. The agency said in a news release Friday that it had met with the family of Otis Byrd about its decision. The release suggested ...

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Colleagues from around US attend funeral for slain officer

Several hundred motorcycle police officers await the passing of a hearse bearing the body of slain Hattiesburg police officer Benjamin Deen, following his funeral service Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Miss. The outpouring of support for the family of Patrolman Benjamin J. Deen has come from across the country, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said. Deen and fellow officer Liquori Tate were gunned down Saturday evening during a traffic stop.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

HATTIESBURG — Several hundred law enforcement officers, including several from as far away as New York City, paid their respects Thursday to the family of a slain Mississippi police officer. The outpouring of support for the family of Patrolman Benjamin J. Deen has come from across the country, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said. Services were being held at Temple Baptist ...

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FBI investigating hanging death of black man in Mississippi

PORT GIBSON — Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday. The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also involved. The man was last ...

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Former Biloxi casino employee charged with embezzlement

BILOXI — Police say a former employee at the Imperial Palace Casino has been arrested after casino representatives accused her of embezzling casino funds. Biloxi Police Investigator Grandver Everett tells The Sun Herald a casino representative called police on Oct. 15, 2014, about Brittany Nicole Blackwelder allegedly embezzling money. Everett says an investigation revealed Blackwelder developed a process that gave ...

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Mississippi woman accused in prescription pill conspiracy

GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted a South Mississippi woman on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances outside the scope of a medical practice. The Sun Herald reports Patricia Maria Leavens is accused of conspiring to distribute and dispense the prescription painkiller hydrocodone and anti-anxiety drug Xanax from as early as 2011 ...

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Jury selected in case of slain Clarksdale mayoral candidate

MARKS — Trial began Monday for a man accused of killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian in 2013. Lawrence Reed faces murder charges for allegedly strangling McMillian in Quitman County in February 2013, then dumping his body near the Mississippi River levee in Coahoma County, dousing it with gasoline and setting it on fire. A jury was selected Monday, following ...

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2 teens arrested in connection with Belhaven murder

JACKSON — Two teenagers have been charged with the fatal shooting of a woman injured during a robbery this past week in the Belhaven area of Jackson. The two 17-year-olds were arrested Tuesday by Jackson police during a manhunt for carjacking suspects. They were later charged with capital murder for the robbery and slaying of 69-year-old Carolyn Temple. An arrest ...

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Prosecutors' wish list seeks to broaden death penalty

VICKSBURG — Mississippi prosecutors are asking the Legislature to broaden the death penalty to include mass shootings and terrorist acts. “We’re trying to make the killing of two or more persons in a single instance capital murder so that the death penalty may be used,” District Attorney Ricky Smith of Vicksburg told The Vicksburg Post. The Mississippi Prosecutors Association’s proposal is a ...

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