Judge OKs deal in shooting of 3 USM players

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A defendant who gave investigators information won’t be prosecuted in a 2010 nightclub shooting that injured three Southern Mississippi football players.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/NM8ioI) that a Forrest County Circuit Court judge agreed July 20 to end prosecution of accessory charges against 27-year-old Cleothus Wilkerson.

He was indicted on three counts of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault, for allegedly aiding convicted gunman Travis Cardell Brown after the shooting outside Remington’s Hunt Club.

According to Judge Bob Helfrich’s order, investigators say he gave information that helped prosecute his co-defendants.

Brown was convicted in June of aggravated assault and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Five people were charged as accessories. Two have pleaded guilty to one count each. Two others, including Brown’s mother, are awaiting trial.