Former federal judge dies at 77

TUPELO — U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter, who retired last month after decades on the bench, has died at the age of 77.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green says Senter died of heart failure at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in the emergency room of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Senter served as a circuit judge before he was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

He worked from 1980 to 1982 as a federal judge in Mississippi’s Northern District, then as the district’s chief judge from 1982 to 1998. He took senior status in 1998, and began traveling to the coast in 2000 to help out with the caseload. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, he agreed to preside over hundreds of insurance cases.

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