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)
The Tourism Council met on Wednesday and heard a report from Tourism Director Mary Kathryn Herrington on the Double Decker Arts Festival. A full report will be available by the end of June with a decision whether to keep the two-day format. (May 19, 2011, Page 1)
Have you heard about the prediction that the world will come to an end this Saturday and that some of us will be headed to heaven and the others left behind? Editor Don Whitten takes on Harold Camping’s prediction and says we need to be ready any time, including Saturday, but that he seriously doubts Camping’s accurancy. (May 19, 2011, Page 4)
Three weeks after storms wreaked havoc in north and south Lafayette County, organized volunteer efforts are drawing to a close. (May 18, 2011, Page 1)
Attorneys presented their opening statements Tuesday evening after spending a day and a half selecting the 15-person jury — 12 jurors and three alternates — that will decide the fate of Caleb Corrothers, who is accused of shooting and killing a Lafayette County father and son in 2009. (May 18, 2011, Page 1)
Tonya Clark took the stand Wednesday morning during the murder trial against Caleb Corrothers — the man accused of killing her husband, Frank Clark, and her son, Taylor Clark, on July 11, 2009.
Tonya Clark testified that while she couldn’t pick Caleb Corrothers as the man who shot and killed her husband and son during a photo lineup that took place during the visitation service at their funeral, she said she recognized Corrothers sitting in the courtroom Wednesday morning. Glancing at him quickly, she pointed to him in the courtroom and said she was sure he was the one who pulled the trigger.
Tonya Clark was wounded during the killings when she was shot twice in the neck.
Tonya Clark’s oldest son, Josh, took the stand after his mother. Suffering three car wrecks since 2006, with one leaving him a coma for two weeks and a head injury, Josh Clark appeared to have trouble remembering some of his previous testimony he gave following the night his brother and father were killed. He identified Corrothers as the killer during the photo lineup at the funeral.
Investigator Scott Mills was called to the stand around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to described the crime scene. He is expected to return to the witness stand after a lunch break around 1 p.m.
Corrothers could face the death penalty if found guilty of the two counts of capitol murder and one count of aggravated assault.
Read Thursday’s EAGLE for the full story. (May 18, 2011)
The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp on Tuesday. The agreement must still be approved by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors. (May 18, 2011, Page 1)
May is Older Americans Month and as Oxford continues to grow as a retirement community, medical and support services continue to be an issue. Several programs are available in Oxford for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. (May 18, 2011, Page 2)
We’ll never see a flood like the one in 1927. There will never be a hurricane like Camille again. You’d think we’d learn to never say “never” about weather and related disasters. Even talk about 100-year floods and such are hard to understand, so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at what a 100-year event really is. (May 18, 2011, Page 4)