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Balducci testifies at judicial bribery hearing

The man who got the ball rolling that would eventually knock down several local attorneys testified for more than four hours Monday at the hearing where former attorney Zach Scruggs’ hopes to clear his name

The hearing is expected to last several days. (May 24, 2011, Page 1)

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    Couple turn love of antiques into livlihood

    Taylor couple turn overflow of antique furniture into a business. (May 23, 2011, Page 5)

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      Corrothers gets death

      A 12-person jury decided Friday Caleb Corrothers should “suffer death” for shooting and killing father and son, Frank and Taylor Clark, in July 2009. The jury had the choice of sentencing Corrothers to the death penalty of life in prison without parole. (May 23, 2011, Page 1)

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        Jury sends Corrothers to death row

        Blog: A female juror openly wept as Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth read the jury’s verdict sentencing Caleb Corrothers to the death sentence.

        Corrothers was convicted Thursday night of killing Frank and Taylor Clark and wounding Tonya Clark in July 2009 in the Clark’s home off Bell River Road.

        Corrothers was out on parole for six weeks when he killed the Clarks, apparently over drugs and money. He has served 10 years in prison on four counts of armed robbery.

        Defense attorneys tried to convince the jury that Corrothers’ bad childhood, living in poverty and without a father figure, set him on a path that led him to the courtroom facing the death penalty. The state told the jury it was just excuses and that Corrothers should be held responsible for the choices he’s made. (May 20, 2011)

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          Jury deliberates to decide sentence

          Blog: The jury went into deliberations at about 5 p.m. and are still out deciding whether Caleb Corrothers will be put on death row or spend the rest of his life in prison.

          The jury heard testimony from Corrother’s former teacher and a psychologist this afternoon before both sides rested around 3 p.m. Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth gave jury instructions and then Assistant District Attorney Ben Creekmore presented the closing arguments for the state while Kelsey L. Rushing with the Mississippi Office of the Capital Defense Counsel presented arguments for the defense. (May 20, 2011)

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            Corrother’s mother pleads for son’s life

            Blog: Vonda Corrothers Agulanna asked the jury this morning to spare her son’s life during the sentencing phase of his trial. Caleb Corrothers was found guilty of two counts of capital murder Thursday night for shooting and killing Frank and Taylor Clark in July 2009.

            Vonda told the jury she wasn’t able to do for her kids the way she would have liked due to a serious bought of depression when Caleb was a young child. She said Caleb’s father was never in the picture he grew up in a bad neighborhood around drug dealers with no father figure.

            Caleb’s brother, Marcus Corrothers also spoke at the hearing. Marcus is serving a 20-year-sentence for armed robber. He made no pleas for his brother’s life. He said he felt Caleb followed in his footsteps and looked up to him since he was six years older than Caleb.

            The state revealed Caleb has just gotten out of prison after a 10-year-sentence for armed robbery when he shot and killed the Clarks.

            Tonya Clark, who was shot in the neck twice by Corrothers, said she has a large void in her life since losing her son and husband.

            Both mothers cried openly while on the witness stand. Agulanna spoke to Tonya and the Clark family sitting in the courtroom. Sobbing, she said she was very sorry for what happened to them and empathized with Tonya about losing a son.

            More testimony is expected this afternoon on Corrother’s past and personality. (May 20, 2011)

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              Corrothers guilty of killing 2

              After deliberating for two hours, the 12-person jury in the case against Caleb Corrothers found him guilty of two counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated assault for the 2009 shooting and killing of Frank Clark and his son, Taylor Clark, and the shooting and wounding Tonya Clark, the wife and mother of the two murdered men.  He is being sentenced today. (May 20, 2011, Page 1A)

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                BREAKING NEWS: Verdict in; Corrothers guilty

                After deliberating for two hours, the jury in the case against Caleb Corrothers found him guilty of two counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated assault for the 2009 shooting and killing of Frank Clark and his son, Taylor Clark, and the shooting and wounding Tonya Clark, the wife and mother of the two murdered men. The verdict came in at 7:50 p.m. Thursday. The sentencing hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lafayette County Courthouse. Read Friday’s EAGLE for the complete story. (May 19, 2011)

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                  BREAKING NEWS: Jury soon to being deliberation

                  Closing arguments are set to begin in the case against Caleb Corrothers, who faces two counts of capitol murder and one count of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting and killing Frank and Taylor Clark and  allegedly shooting and wounding Tonya Clark in 2009. Each side will have a maximum of 40 minutes to present the closing statements. The jury will then begin deliberation. Check back with the Oxford EAGLE for updates. (May 19, 2011)

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                    Mother recalls husband, son’s killing

                    The 15-person jury sat through more than 10 hours of testimony Wednesday during the murder trial against Caleb Corrothers, who is accused of shooting and killing Frank and Taylor Clark  in 2009. Among those who testified were Tonya Clark, the mother and wife of the Clark and her oldest son, Josh Clark. The jury listened to the 911 call Tonya made after the shooting and a 90-minute interview of Corrothers by Lafayette County investigators where he told them “they had the wrong man” repeatedly. (May 19, 2011, Page 1)

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