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Alyssa Schnugg

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)

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)

Show us the money

Several candidates for various races in the upcoming 2011 county elections have missed the first filing deadline to report contributions and donations. The deadline was at the end of the businesses day on May 10. (May 16, 2011, Page 1A)

Mom gets 12 years in child’s death

An Abbeville woman charged in the death of her infant child in December 2009 will serve at least 12 years in prison. See all dispositions from the April court term. (May 13, 2011, Page 1A)

Law enforcement prepare for busy weekend

The Oxford and University of Mississippi police departments are getting ready for what is one of the busiest weekends of the year. (May 13, 2011, Page 3A)

Getting ready for commencement can take a small army

University of Mississippi gears up for Saturday’s gradation ceremonies, with 19,000 chairs being set up in the Grove and in various places around the campus. (May 13, 2011, Page 1B)

Honoring those who serve, protect

A small crowd attended the annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony held Wednesday in front of Oxford City Hall. (May 12, 2011, Page 1)

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