Statewide News

Death row inmate opposes setting execution date

Death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning has told the Mississippi Supreme Court that he has more arguments to make, meaning now is not the time to be setting an execution date sought by the attorney general’s office.

Manning was recently denied an appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court in the deaths of two college students. The attorney general’s office asked the Mississippi court to schedule the execution for April 24.

In a brief filed on April 1, Manning’s attorney said there are issues pending before the state high court. Manning is seeking a new trial, arguing that a jailhouse informant had recanted his testimony; that Manning’s trial attorney was ineffective; and that blacks were improperly kept off his trial jury. […]


Three people feared dead in massive house fire

Fire crews were still on the scene late Wednesday night looking through the rubble of a house that was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Four people were at the home on Blackjack and Bardwell Roads in Oktibbeha County, when a blaze broke out in the back bedroom.

Authorities said when they arrived, an elderly man, suffering from dementia, was in the backyard. […]


Suspect arrested in Friday’s drive-by shooting

Sheriff’s deputies in Oktibbeha County have arrested a man wanted in connection with a shooting early Friday morning.

Officials said a search warrant executed on a residence on Blair Road led to the discovery of the suspect, 27-year-old Lorenzo Lamas Hunter.

Deputies believe Hunter allegedly shot into another man’s sport-utility vehicle early Friday morning on Blair Road in the Blackjack community, wounding the driver.