Macon minister gets new trial in statutory rape of 13-year-old

July 11, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A new trial has been ordered for a now 78-year-old minister serving 20 years for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

R.C. Hibbler was convicted in 2005 for having sex with a girl who came over to his house to play with his twin daughters.

Prosecutors previously filed an appeal to reinstate the statutory rape conviction after the State Court of Appeals last fall ordered a new trial in the case. The Supreme Court denied that motion last week.

Tornado rips through Noxubee and Kemper counties; 1 dead

April 12, 2013 in Top Stories

Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency Thursday for Kemper and Noxubee counties due to the impacts of severe storms and tornadoes that injured many and left one person dead.

A command post has been set up in downtown Shuqualak after a tornado ripped through the area around noon Thursday. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) director Robert Latham was in town as part of the effort to help following the tornado.

MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn says the fatality was reported west-northwest of DeKalb, near Mississippi Highway 493, in Kemper County.