Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mississippi Trial Marred by Murder

"Man shot to death before court appearance in Mississippi" Associated Press  August 04, 2015

CANTON, Miss. — A man got out of his pickup, walked up to the defendant in a drug-dealing case, and fatally shot him in the chest, then set down his gun and surrendered as deputies confronted him outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, law enforcement officials said.

Police and other officials said they weren’t sure why the suspect — 24-year-old William B. Wells, a former Canton firefighter with no history of trouble — would shoot victim Kendrick Armond Brown, 37, faced charges of selling cocaine....

Wells was in the county jail with a bail hearing set for 10 a.m. Tuesday. Before Monday, “he hadn’t been in any trouble or anything,” Canton police Chief Otha Brown said.

But Saturday night, the chief said, Wells’s mother was shot and wounded. She drove herself to the Canton Police Department, reported that she’d been shot, and was transferred to a hospital in an ambulance, police said.

District Attorney Michael Guest said officials didn’t know whether the shootings were linked.