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)
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)
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)
While there were no “down-to-the-wire” sign ups — no one running into the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office — to file last minute to run for a county office in November, four people did wait until Tuesday to file qualifying papers. The deadline to qualify was 5 p.m. Tuesday. (March 2, 2011, Page 1)
With five days left to qualify for local elections, the list of candidates vying for county seats continues to grow. The qualifying deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Those interested in running for office need to file qualifying papers at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in the Lafayette County Courthouse. See a list of all those who have qualified as of Tuesday in today’s EAGLE. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)
Adam Cory Ferguson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the murder of Lafayette County resident Derald “Pete” Connell during the January court term at the Lafayette County Circuit Court. See the details and a complete listing of all cases heard this court term on page 1A in today’s EAGLE. (February 7, 2011, Page 1A)
The 3rd Circuit Drug Court should see its first graduates this summer, said Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth, who started the drug court about two and a half years ago.
Howorth explained what the drug court was and how it’s helping save Lafayette County residents tax dollars during an address he made Wednesday to the Oxford Kiwanis Club at Fat Cat’s Restaurant. (January 13, 2011, Page 1)
Bettye H. Galloway writes to say that she’s paid taxes for years and feels like the Chancery Building parking lot should be available to her and other citizens regardless of whether they’re doing business in the building or not. (January 13, 2011, Page 4)
Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes this week about the invasion of Oxford by Union forces just before Christmas in 1862. (December 10, 2010, Page 2B)
The United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County wants all of the LOU community to come out Wednesday and help celebrate the organizations 40th birthday.
The birthday party will be begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday with a walk around the Square, escorted by the Oxford Police Department. After the walk, everyone is invited to gather on the front lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse where representatives from the United Way, city of Oxford and Lafayette County will speak briefly before everyone will be invited to share in some birthday cake. (November 16, 2010, Page 3A)