Evans wins new trial for murder in father’s death

Dante Lamar Evans claims a Harrison County judge wouldn’t let him tell a jury that he feared for his life at the hands of an abusive parent when at the age of 14 he shot and killed his father.

Now he’ll get his chance.

The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out his murder conviction and ordered a new trial. At the same time, the Supreme Court ordered the trial judge to let Evans hire an expert to make that argument for him. […]

Statewide News

Nurse charged with fraud

A Lauderdale County nurse has been arrested on a charge of illegally obtaining drugs from the nursing home where she was working.

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office said 36-year-old Shannon Bomar, of Lauderdale, was recently indicted on a charge of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance or prescription by misrepresentation or fraud.

The indictment alleges that Bomar, while working as a nurse at the Golden Living Nursing Center of Meridian, illegally took a quantity of Lortab tablets from the facility. […]

Local Sports

Southern Miss on probation after NCAA sanctions

The NCAA has put Southern Mississippi on four years of probation and given the men’s tennis program a one-year post-season ban after citing the school with failure to monitor the tennis program.

Two former Southern Miss tennis coaches were cited for unethical conduct after the NCAA said they promised impermissible benefits to athletes – including offering $5,000 and the use of a car to one athlete – and engaging in academic misconduct. The NCAA also ruled that one of the coaches asked a player to lie during the investigation. […]

Local Sports

Henderson imperfect poster boy for upstart Rebels

The talkative and brash Marshall Henderson is the face of Mississippi’s basketball program.

Sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s not so good.

His play and antics have led to plenty of attention for the No. 16 Rebels (17-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), who face No. 8 Florida (17-2, 7-0) in Gainesville on Saturday in a matchup of the SEC’s two top-ranked teams.

Henderson has been so good during his first two months in the SEC that the 6-foot-2 junior has brought a rare spotlight to a program that hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2002. He leads the conference in scoring at 19.3 points per game; he’s averaging more than 21 in SEC contests. […]

Statewide News

Wiggins man gets jail time for home repair fraud

A former Wiggins resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for home repair fraud and false pretense in Harrison County.
Charles Lynn Reeder, 53, originally of Wiggins, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of felony false pretense and one count of home repair fraud before Judge John Gargiulo in Harrison County Circuit Court.  Reeder was sentenced to the maximum 10 year sentence on the false pretense charge and five years for the home repair fraud charge with three years suspended, meaning he will serve 12 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). 


Deadbeat dad sentenced for failing to pay child support

A Madison County man has answered in court for his failing to pay child support, Attorney General Jim Hood said.
James Coy Fendley, 41, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for Felony Non-Support of a child before Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger.
Judge Emfinger sentenced Fendley to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), with five years suspended and post release supervision in the custody of MDOC.