Miss. trial for 'Most Wanted' fugitive set

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — The trial of a DeSoto County fugitive, accused of child molestation in the 1990s, is scheduled for Monday in Hernando.

Edward Eugene Harper, who was on the run for 15 years and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, was captured by federal authorities in Wyoming last July.

The Commercial Appeal reports Harper was wanted for his alleged involvement in sexual behavior with two girls, ages 3 and 8 at the time, who lived nearby in Hernando.

He failed to appear at a DeSoto County Circuit Court hearing in 1994. He faces charges of conspiracy to commit sexual battery, child fondling and sexual battery.

He was returned to Mississippi from Wyoming last September and has been in the DeSoto County jail since.