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Lawyers discuss bond in death penalty retrial

IUKA, Miss. (AP) - Former death row inmate Michelle Byrom's attorney says a judge could consider whether to release her on bond while she awaits her second trial in her husband's death in 1999.

But David Calder of Oxford tells The Clarion-Ledger that Byrom could not post even a $10,000 bond.

Byrom was sent to the Tishomingo County jail after the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned her capital murder conviction on March 31, ordering a new trial.

Calder says her health problems include lupus, arthritis and hip troubles, and she uses a wheelchair.

Longtime defense lawyer John White of Iuka says that counties historically have not wanted to pay medical expenses for seriously ill people who don't pose a threat to society. He says keeping Byrom in jail would be expensive.


Man walks into river to evade traffic stop, drowns

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says searchers have found the body of a 21-year-old man who walked backward into a river rather than face a traffic stop.

He says an autopsy will be performed Monday on James Dwight King of D'Iberville (dee-EYE-ber-vil).

King's body was found Sunday afternoon near the spot where he went in Saturday.

D'Iberville police spokesman Clay Jones tells The Sun Herald that King fled from a traffic stop, stopped his truck on a bridge, and walked backward into the Tchoutacabouffa River while officers talked to him.

Chief Wayne Payne says officers tried unsuccessfully to get him to leave the water. They dove in after King began to struggle, shouting that he could not swim. He went under before they could reach him.


5 rescued; cabin cruiser burns off Mississippi

PETIT BOIS ISLAND, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard says it helped rescue five people who launched a life raft from a burning cabin cruiser off the Mississippi coast.

The Coast Guard's New Orleans office says a vessel called the Kay Ann got the people from the raft to a Coast Guard boat that took them to its Pascagoula station.

It says the offshore supply vessel Gloria May helped fight the fire Friday on the boat Persuasion I. The cabin cruiser sank near Petit Bois Island, which is near the Alabama state line.

Coast Guard Captain Joseph Snowden says the people on Persuasion I were very well prepared. He says they not only all got onto a life raft, but they put out a mayday broadcast and an automated distress call including a GPS position.


2nd ex-Oak Grove fireman pleads guilty to arson

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - A former trainee firefighter has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree arson.

The Hattiesburg American that Jeffrey Dakota Pace's plea on Friday was the second that week for someone associated with the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department.

15th District Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell ordered both Pace and former firefighter Michael Graham Davis to pay $45,300 restitution.

They could have faced five to 20 years on each charge.

Pace was training with the department when the fires were set at two residential buildings on the same street in December 2012.

Both men were sentenced to the Regimented Discipline Program. When they complete it, the charges will be cleared from their records.

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