NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Opening statements could begin soon in the complicated case of thrice-widowed Emma Raine.
She’s on trial in the death of her second husband in New Orleans 2006. And that case is linked to the mysterious death of her third husband in Mississippi in 2011.
When he died, that third husband, James Raine, had been implicated in the 2006 death of the second husband, Ernest Smith.
Another twist: Last year, a Mississippi sheriff said Emma Raine is also being investigated in James Raine’s death. No arrests have been made in that case.
As for the Ernest Smith case, Emma Raine is charged with second-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty.
Jury selection began Tuesday and opening statements could start Wednesday. Conviction would mean mandatory life in prison for the 52-year-old woman.
FULTON, Miss. (AP) – The jury is set for Joshua Clark’s second capital murder trial in Itawamba County Circuit Court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports state prosecutors and defense attorneys spent one-and-a-half days to pick 12 jurors and four alternates for the trial. The jury, which will be sequestered during the trial that could last more than a week, listened to opening arguments Tuesday afternoon. Clark is accused of killing his 4-month-old daughter, Kylie, in January 2008.
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The city of Natchez’s 2014-2015 fiscal year draft audit indicates the city overspent its budget by approximately $1 million. The Natchez Democrat reports the draft audit was presented Tuesday to aldermen. In addition to the city’s overspending, auditor Deanne Tanksley outlined basic governmental accounting practices that were not followed.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – The John P. Murtha will sail away from the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Thursday morning. The company said in a news release the Murtha (LPD 26) will be heading for its Oct. 8 commissioning into the Navy in Philadelphia. It is named in honor of the late John P. Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District from 1974 to 2010.