Depraved heart murder trial on Lee County's August court docket

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Depraved heart murder defendant Thomas J. Ward is set to go on trial Aug. 29 in the circuit court of Lee County.

Judge James L. Roberts Jr. will preside.

Ward, 24, was indicted Oct. 5, 2010, in the shooting death of Anna Catherine McCoy at Ward’s home in Saltillo.

He maintains he is innocent.

On Aug. 4, Roberts will hear a defense motion to move the trial out of Lee County.

Ward’s attorney, Victor Fleitas, contends that pre-trial publicity was so-extensive that his client cannot receive a fair trial here.

Ward and his father, Thomas W. Ward, also face separate civil lawsuits seeking damages as a result of McCoy’s April 15, 2010, death.

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