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Burning Death Trial Goes To 2nd Day Of Jury Deliberations

Oct 16, 2017
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A second day of jury deliberation starts Monday in the trial of a Mississippi man charged in the burning death of a woman.

 Jurors deliberated more than four hours Sunday without reaching a verdict.

 Twenty-nine-year-old Quinton Tellis is charged with capital murder in the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. Defense attorneys argued the wrong man is on trial.

Mississippi Man Charged With DUI After Pedestrian Killed

Oct 16, 2017
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A Mississippi man has been charged with felony DUI after a pedestrian was hit and killed. 

 Pascagoula police told news outlets that 44-year-old David Foster was arrested after the man was struck Friday night. 

 Police Capt. Doug Adams says 30-year-old Jonathan Born of Grand Bay, Alabama, was taken to a hospital but didn't survive his injuries. 

GOP Sen. Thad Cochran Grappling With Illness

Oct 16, 2017
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Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing to grapple with a urinary tract infection that has delayed a planned return to Washington.

 The GOP veteran, 79, has been absent from Washington for a month.

 Cochran's chief of staff Brad White came as Republicans controlling the Senate had hoped to pass a budget measure that's a key step toward the party's goal of rewriting the tax code. It's unclear whether Cochran's absence will delay the budget debate. Republicans control the Senate with a narrow 52-48 margin.

Woman Arrested For Attempting To Defraud Insurance Company

Oct 16, 2017
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A Mississippi woman accused of attempting to defraud an insurance company out of thousands of dollars has been arrested. 

 News outlets report 30-year-old Kyomi M. Fulton, of Fayette, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of insurance fraud for allegedly attempting to defraud Geico Insurance out of more than $3,200.

In 2014, 19-year-old Jessica Chambers was found on fire on a back road near Courtland, Mississippi. She was severely burned on 98 percent of her body and later passed away at a hospital.

Suspect Quinton Tellis is being tried for the murder of Chambers. If convicted, Tellis will have a life in prison sentence.

 In 2015, Tellis allegedly stabbed and killed a graduate student from the University of Louisiana at Monroe over 30 times because she refused to give him the PIN to her debit card.

The ULM grad student was identified as 34-year-old Meing-Chen Hsiao.

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An author who grew up poor in coastal Mississippi and now teaches at Tulane University is among this year's MacArthur fellows, receiving a so-called genius grant of $625,000: $125,000 a year for five years. 

 Jesmyn Ward says in a Tulane video that the fellowship offers freedom and time, which she feels are the two most important gifts for an artist. 

 Ward won the National Book Award in 2011 for her second novel, "Salvage the Bones." It's about a poor African-American family in coastal Mississippi as Hurricane Katrina forms, approaches and devastates the coast. 

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 A Mississippi hotel damaged by Hurricane Nate will reopen half its rooms Sunday.

 Margaritaville Resort Biloxi spokesman Cono Carana tells news outlets that the storm damaged elevators and escalators.

 Hotel officials estimate $7.5 million in damage.

 Carana says two elevators will be repaired, and the hotel will reopen 170 rooms. Its restaurants, rooftop water park and large entertainment center also will be open.

Trial Set To Start In 2014 Murder Case

Oct 9, 2017
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 Jury selection is set to begin for the trial of a man charged with capital murder in the 2014 death of a Mississippi woman.  

 Quinton Verdell Tellis was indicted in February 2016, more than a year after the death of Jessica Lane Chambers.

 Chambers was 19 years old when she died at a Memphis hospital. She had been found in Panola County, walking away from her burning vehicle with burns over 98 percent of her body. 

 The Clarion-Ledger reports that Tellis has pleaded not guilty. 

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  A Mississippi man reported missing has been found dead inside his truck. 

 Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace told WAPT-TV that 71-year-old Eddie Brent went fishing on Saturday near the Steele Bayou Flood Control Structure and drove off the levee road. Brent was found Sunday afternoon in a Chevrolet pickup with a disabled license plate. 

 Pace said the cause of death was the wreck, but the state crime lab will conduct an autopsy. 

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 Authorities say a man has shot and killed himself at a hospital in northeast Mississippi.

 Tishomingo County coroner Mack Wilemon told news outlets that 64-year-old Gary Lomenick died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Saturday around 2 p.m. Wilemon says Iuka police had responded to the situation in the emergency room at North Mississippi Medical Center.

 Wilemon says Lomenick had been talking to hospital staff and that a motive for the shooting was unclear.

 The incident remains under police investigation.  

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