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Balducci testifies at judicial bribery hearing

The man who got the ball rolling that would eventually knock down several local attorneys testified for more than four hours Monday at the hearing where former attorney Zach Scruggs’ hopes to clear his name

The hearing is expected to last several days. (May 24, 2011, Page 1)

Corrothers gets death

A 12-person jury decided Friday Caleb Corrothers should “suffer death” for shooting and killing father and son, Frank and Taylor Clark, in July 2009. The jury had the choice of sentencing Corrothers to the death penalty of life in prison without parole. (May 23, 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)

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)

Corrothers guilty of killing 2

After deliberating for two hours, the 12-person jury in the case against Caleb Corrothers found him guilty of two counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated assault for the 2009 shooting and killing of Frank Clark and his son, Taylor Clark, and the shooting and wounding Tonya Clark, the wife and mother of the two murdered men.  He is being sentenced today. (May 20, 2011, Page 1A)

Mother recalls husband, son’s killing

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)

Day two of Corrothers’ trial; mother testifies

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)

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)

Funds low for election chests

Financially, the races for state Senate and House of Representatives are still fairly affordable for most candidates. Candidates had until May 10 to file financial reports. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)

Oxford man enters House District 10 race

Oxford resident Jordan Bankhead has tossed his hat into the state race for House representative for District 10 along with Panola County resident Doug Jones. The two are vying for the position being vacated by current Rep. Warner McBride who announced last month he would not be seeking re-election. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)

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