Depraved-heart murder on Lowndes court docket

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Rennie Gibbs is scheduled to be in Lowndes Circuit Court on Tuesday for trial on charges of depraved heart murder in the death of her unborn child.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that Gibbs’ trial is among several scheduled for the court’s February term, which runs through March 2.

Gibbs’ child was stillborn in 2006 after prosecutors alleged she took cocaine. Gibbs was charged with depraved-heart murder, a legal term for when an action that demonstrates a “callous disregard for human life” results in death. It carries a life sentence.

Gibbs became pregnant at 15 and the stillborn death occurred when was 16, according to court records.