DeSoto County murder suspect faces new charges

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — A 55-year-old DeSoto County man awaiting trial for the murder of a woman he is accused of running down with his car as she tried to flee on a bicycle in 2011 has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.

The Commercial Appeal reports James Allen Whitten Jr. was arrested at his Hernando home by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department Thursday.

He was charged with the five counts of possession of controlled substances: heroin, morphine, marijuana, methamphetamine and alprazolam, a prescription medicine. Deputies said he also had brass knuckles, and was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon.

Whitten is being held without bond.

He was arrested Dec. 22, 2011, in the slaying of Sarah Jones.

It was unclear whether he has an attorney.