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Mississippi teenager fatally shot in head while driving

Paramedics responding to a crash on a Mississippi highway discovered the teenage driver of the car had been shot in the head. Jauan Tolbert, 19, died on Tuesday from wounds sustained after being shot while driving on Interstate 55, Sgt. Roderick Holmes said in a Jackson Police Department statement. Tolbert was driving northbound around 1 a.m. on Monday when he ...

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Wanted Mississippi murder suspect captured in California

A fugitive captured in California is being extradited back to Mississippi where he’ll be charged with first-degree murder. Hattiesburg police said in a statement they arrested 48-year-old Carzetta Myers in San Diego last week. He’ll also be charged with obstruction of justice. News outlets report Myers was wanted in connection with the September shooting of 31-year-old David Lee Bolton. Bolton was found ...

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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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