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Convicted killer Caleb Corrothers files for an appeal and a lawsuit against retired U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi Jim Greenlee is moved from Lafayette County Circuit Court to the U.S. District Court in Oxford. (February 6, 2012, Page 5A)

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)

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)

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 continues for Corrother’s trial

Jury selection for the double murder case against Caleb Corrothers continued this morning in Lee County. After the 15-person jury is selected, they will be brought to Lafayette County to begin the trial, possibly this afternoon. (May 17, 2011, Page 2)

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)

Trial for double murder slated for May

The trial of Caleb Corrothers, who is  accused of killing a father and son in 2009, has been scheduled for May. Jurors will be selected from Lee County and the trial will be held in Lafayette County. (March 24, 2011, Page 2)

Murder trial to be moved

Due to a high amount of publicity, a Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge has ordered the murder trial of Caleb Corrothers to be moved to another county. Corrothers is charged with killing Frank and Taylor Clark in July 2009. (March 1, 2011, Page 1)

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)

Murder suspect seeks delay

An attorney representing murder suspect Caleb Corrothers will be asking the court to continue his trial slated for July 26.
Corrothers, who is facing the death penalty, was charged in July 2009 with the deaths of Frank and Taylor Clark who were shot and killed July 18, 2009, in their Lafayette County home. (June 30, 2010, Page 1)

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