Mink trial set to start Wednesday

djournal_Court-NewsBy Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Christopher Mink is due to go on trial Wednesday, state prosecutors announced Monday.

Mink was indicted in February on charges he kidnapped and injured Norma Leann Horn on Sept. 15, 2012. He also is accused of setting the woods on fire out from Baldwyn.

He pleaded not guilty but faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted on all counts.

Deadline on all plea deals is 9 a.m. today, Judge Paul Funderburk told defendant Mink, accused on five counts associated with the alleged kidnapping and assault.

Mink and his attorney, Ronald Michael of Booneville, appeared before Funderburk as a 75-member jury pool was chosen from about 250 Lee Countians called to appear at the Lee County Justice Center.

After the pool was excused until later this week, the judge met in chambers with Michael and prosecutors.

If the trial gets under way Wednesday, the jury pool will be narrowed to 12 jurors and two alternates to consider the case.

Assistant District Attorney Sadie Gardner is slated to prosecute for the state.

patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com