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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ben Creekmore

Builder: Jackson Row back on track

Construction is expected to begin back up in August on Jackson Row, on East Jackson Avenue across from James Food Center, after the site has sat dormant for a better part of a year. (June 27, 2014, Page 1A)

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)

Grand jury indicts Mize for malicious mischief

After being indicted on a charge of felony malicious mischief, Bubba Mize filed a motion with the Circuit Court alleging the District Attorney’s Office violated a nonprosecution agreement after he filed a complaint against an Oxford Police Department official in August. (October 14, 2011, Page 1A)

Drug dealers face longer sentences

Mississippi judges are giving longer prison sentences to convicted drug dealers in hopes of keeping them off the streets longer after budget cuts have caused the Mississippi Department of Corrections to allow more drug offenders to be released before completing their entire sentences. (September 29, 2011, Page 1)

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)

Double murder trial gets late start

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their opening statements Tuesday evening after spending a day and a half selecting the 15-person jury who will decide the fate of Caleb Corrothers who is accused of shooting and killing a Lafayette County father and son in July of 2009. The state put its first witness on the stand after 6 p.m. Court ended close to 7 p.m. and will start back up at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lafayette County Courthouse. (May 17, 2011)

Jury selection begins Monday for double murder trial

Jury sections begins Monday in case against Caleb Corrothers who is accused of shooting and killing a father and son and shooting their wife and mother in the neck, wounding her. (May 13, 2011, Page 1A)

Better luck next year

Two bills aimed at fighting crime failed to garner enough support to get passed by lawmakers in Jackson during this recently ended legislative session. Both proposed measures were supported by local legislators and law enforcement officials. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)

Motions filed in double-murder case

The attorney representing Caleb Corrothers, who accused of killing a Lafayette County father and son in 2009, has filed numerous pretrial motions, including a request to move the trial out of Lafayette County. (February 2, 2011, Page 2)

Panty thief sparks sex crime bill

Local legislators are working to pass a new bill that would require prosecutors to include a special allegation of sexual motivation in felony criminal cases when sufficient evidence exists to justify a finding of sexual motivation. If convicted, the defendant would be required to register under the Mississippi sex offender registration law. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)

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