Suspect charged in Columbus fatal shooting

James Newsom

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By Monica Land

Victim was found slumped in passenger seat

James Newsom

A 30-year-old West Point man has been charged with murder after authorities say he fled the scene of a Sunday shooting.

WTVA-TV reports Columbus police initially responded to a vehicle accident just before 3:30 a.m. on June 9.

Upon arriving at the 1600 block of Highway 45 North, officers found 47-year-old John Easley in the passenger seat of a car with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

A short time later, police began a manhunt to locate the driver of the vehicle and James Newsom was taken into custody and charged with murder.

His bond has been set at $250,000.

Verona woman killed in one vehicle accident

A Verona woman is dead after suffering a severe head injury in a late night traffic accident in Tupelo.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green says 27-year-old Latonya Clifton died Saturday, June 15, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Clifton was in a sport utility vehicle that struck a light pole on Cliff Gookin Boulevard between Lawndale Drive and South Thomas Street.

She was partially ejected from the SUV.

Plea change set in sex offender registration case

Federal court records say man intends to plead guilty to failing to register as a sex offender.

Alexander Jones was indicted in March on a charge of failing to update is sex offender registration in Illinois and failing to register in Mississippi from January 2011 to February 2013.

He pleaded not guilty in April. A change of plea hearing is scheduled for June 24 in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

Jones was convicted in 2008 on a charge of sexually exploiting a child in Peoria, Ill.

Trial delay sought in gun case

An attorney for a man charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a gun has asked a federal to delay the June 17 trial.

An indictment says Jonathan Keith Adair had a 9 mm pistol in July 2012 in Panola County and that he had previously been convicted of a crime.

Adair pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

His lawyer, Greg Park, says in a court filing he has received an abundance of evidence from prosecutor and needs time to review it.

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