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Autopsy: Benson killed by gunshot to chest

Xavier Benson, 21, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the autopsy report released Thursday. (June 14, 2013, Page 1A)

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    Pillault’s lawyer: School threats weren’t serious

    Roy Percy, lawyer of Joshua Brandon Pillault, posted a Notice of Offer of Stipulation explaining that Pillault’s online threats to Oxford High School should not be interpreted as more than careless joking. Pillault was arrested on Oct. 8, 2012 and charged with domestic terrorism after making these threats via online video game “Runescape”  to fellow players. (June 7, 2013, Page 8A)

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      Lynch’s Lawyer asks court for new date for sentencing

      Tony Farese, lawyer of former narcotics officer Searn Lynch, filed a motion Wednesday to delay Lynch’s June 24 sentence due to its conflict with another case the lawyer is involved with. Lynch was charged with obtaining prescription medicines by using deception in April. (June 7, 2013, Page 8A)

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        Couple on Most Wanted list in death of 2-year-old

        During a press conference in Oxford Monday, U.S. Marshal Dennis Erby of the North Mississippi District announced  Janet Barreto has been added to the U.S. Marshal’s 15 Most Wanted fugitive list and that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest and conviction. Barreto and her husband, Ramon, are wanted in connection with the death of a 2-year-old in 2008 in New Albany. (June 4, 2013, Page 2)

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          Man appeals guilty plea

          A Florida man is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn his guilty plea in an aggravated DUI case where he was involved in a wreck in 2011 that injured a female based on ineffectiveness of his attorney. Read about this and other cases handled during the April court term in the Lafayette County District Court. (May 15, 2013, Page 1, 6)

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            Memorial service to honor fallen officers set Wednesday

            The Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will join other agencies across the nation in honor of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall Wednesday to honor all officers who died in the line of duty in the last year. (May 14, 2013, Page 2)

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              Oxford building inspector found not guilty

              An Oxford building inspector charged with simple assault last year has been found not guilty. (May 9, 2013, Page 2A)

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                Accused ricin writer back in court

                The man accused of sending letters laced with ricin is due to appear in court today for a continuation of a preliminary and detention hearing that started on Friday. (April 22, 2013, Page 1, 14)

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                  Lynch pleads guilty to drug charges

                  Former narcotics agent Searn Lynch pleaded guilty Monday before a federal judge to charges of obtaining prescription drugs by deception. His sentencing was deferred pending a presentencing report done by the U.S. Probation Department. (April 16, 2013, Page 1, 14)

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                    Lynch to change plea

                    The former head of the Lafayette County Narcotics Unit and his attorney have filed a motion to cancel the upcoming trial later this month and instead have a change of plea hearing. (April 4, 2013, Page 2)

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