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FBI says family given autopsy results in Mississippi hanging

JACKSON — The FBI says it has discussed autopsy results with the family of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. However, investigators are not saying when they will publicly release the information or whether they consider the death of 54-year-old Otis Byrd to be homicide or suicide. “At each milestone in this case, the FBI’s first ...

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Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food

HATTIESBURG — The former kitchen supervisor at the Forrest County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in illegally diverting food for the jail for personal use. WDAM-TV reports Allen Haralson, 61, entered the plea yesterday before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. He remains free on bond. Sentencing was set for Feb. 5 at 2:15 p.m. The ...

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Ex-judge pleads guilty to witness tampering; faces 20 years in prison

MONTICELLO — A former Mississippi Chancery Court judge pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal charge of obstruction of justice. Joe Dale Walker, 61, of Monticello, pleaded in connection to witness tampering alleged in documents filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Don Always said in a news release. Walker ...

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The next transition — Phil Hardwick leaving the Stennis Institute

Few people can match Phil Hardwick’s resume when it comes to diversity. Over his career, Hardwick has been a clerk, soldier, law enforcement officer, investigator, real estate consultant, author/columnist, community and economic developer and educator/trainer. On Sept. 1, Hardwick will begin yet another chapter in his eclectic career after stepping down as coordinator of capacity development at the John C. ...

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Ricin letter suspect stuns court, withdraws guilty plea

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not going easily. The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others changed his mind yesterday, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before sentencing. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule immediately on the request, telling the defense and prosecutors to lay ...

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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 wants a separate trial. Walker’s ...

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Ex-mayor to be sentenced for bribery; faces up to 10 years in prison

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield is scheduled for sentencing today in a federal bribery case. Winfield pleaded guilty Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say he sought $10,000 in exchange for a city contract. Winfield, a Democrat, completed his first term as mayor this year and lost ...

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Coast newspaper's request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting that it was making arrangements ...

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BP asks judge again to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — BP yesterday renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses following its massive 2010 oil spill, citing a scathing report on alleged misconduct within the court-supervised program. In a court filing, BP attorneys said the report issued earlier this month by former FBI director Louis Freeh shows ...

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