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Dad testifies against bus driver accused of sex abusing girl

A Mississippi man says he first thought bullies were behind his daughter’s hesitation to ride the school bus when she was 8 years old. Instead, she told him she was being sexually abused by the bus driver. News outlets report the girl’s father testified Monday at Sergio Sandoval’s retrial. The man said his daughter told him in 2014 that Sandoval ...

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Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an African American man, citing racial bias in ...

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Man pleads guilty to triple homicide in Mississippi

CARROLLTON — A Mississippi man who admitted killing his wife and two other people at a party pleaded guilty Monday. Michael Barnhill, 31, of Winona, pleaded guilty in Carroll County to three charges of first-degree murder and one charge of aggravated assault. Circuit Judge Joseph Loper sentenced Barnhill to life in prison for each murder conviction and 20 years for ...

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FBI: 3 men charged in $1M Mississippi methamphetamine bust

The FBI says federal and local authorities have discovered 114 pounds (52 kilograms) of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $1 million during an operation in Mississippi. The agency said in a statement Tuesday that 49-year-old Aaron Whavers, 64-year-old Gerald Jones and 43-year-old Sharard Collier were each charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The suspects could face life in prison and ...

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Mississippi man wrongly released from jail shows up to court

GAUTIER — Mississippi officials say a man who was being held on charges he sold 600 pounds (272 kilograms) of marijuana out of his barbecue business voluntarily showed up for a court hearing after he was mistakenly released from custody. FBI agent Mark Hines said agents arrested 55-year-old Carl Alexander May in October after he sold heroin to a confidential ...

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Man accused of murder released mistakenly, turns self in

A man charged with murder was released from a Mississippi prison, but the prosecutor says he turned himself back in. District Attorney Scott Colom tells news outlets that 28-year-old Joshua Murry was free for about a day. The Mississippi Department of Corrections released Murry on parole Wednesday in a 2015 marijuana conviction. Lowndes County officials say he should have been ...

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Ole Miss student pleads not guilty in death of slain student

A University of Mississippi student has pleaded not guilty in the slaying of a fellow student found dead miles from the Oxford campus. News outlets report Brandon Theesfeld of Fort Worth, Texas, entered the plea Monday to a charge of kidnapping and capital murder in the death of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial of Kirkwood, Missouri. Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly on ...

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Mississippi autopsy confirms child’s body in garbage bags

An autopsy confirms that remains found in garbage bags in a Mississippi basement belonged to a small child. Meridian police Chief Benny Dubose told The Meridian Star that the Friday autopsy at the state crime lab found a badly decomposed body with a broken rib on one side and cracked ribs on the other. The autopsy also found burns on ...

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Wayne County ex-court clerk charged with taking money

WAYNESBORO — A former justice court clerk in south Mississippi has been indicted on an embezzlement charge after prosecutors said she took nearly $36,900 in public money. A state auditor’s news release says the auditor’s office has sent a demand letter to Christy James, who worked for Wayne County Justice Court. The demand includes the money she is accused of ...

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Mexican national gets 6 years for selling heroin, fentanyl

A Mexican national who pleaded guilty to trafficking 500,000 fatal doses of fentanyl has been sentenced to about six years in prison. A statement from U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says 53-year-old Pablo Vega-Ontanon was sentenced Monday to 74 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. The statement ...

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