DeLaughter to report to prison today

OXFORD — Bobby DeLaughter, who as a prosecutor and judge put thousands of people behind bars, was expected to report to prison today.

DeLaughter attracted worldwide attention as he pursued and won a case against Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers, field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP.

Beckwith, sentenced to life in prison, died in 2001.

On July 30, DeLaughter stepped down as a Hinds County circuit judge and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a corruption investigation involving multimillionaire and former lawyer Dickie Scruggs.

The Clarion Ledger reported Sunday that DeLaughter had requested to serve his 18-month sentence in federal prison in Pensacola or Montgomery so his wife, Peggy, could visit, but the Bureau of Prisons decided he would serve his time more than 600 miles away at the federal prison in McCreary, Ky.

The Associated Press