News Briefs May 2, 2009

Mayor, officer to be tried together
– JACKSON – A federal judge says Jackson Mayor Frank Melton and his former police bodyguard will be tried together in an attack on a duplex the mayor considered a crack house.
The former bodyguard, Jackson police officer Michael Recio, had asked to be tried separately so Melton could testify that the officer did not participate in the August 2006 sledgehammer attack.
Melton does not want to testify in his own trial, but said he would testify for Recio if they’re not tried together.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III ruled Friday the trials should not be separated.
They are scheduled for trial in Jackson on May 11.
Father, son ex-deputies given jail time
– OXFORD – A father and son – who once were Tippah County sheriff’s deputies – have been sentenced for depriving a prisoner of his civil rights by repeatedly shocking him with a Taser in a holding cell.
U.S. District Judge Michael Mills sentenced 56-year-old William Rogers to three months in prison and one year of supervised release.
His son, 35-year-old Jeffery Rogers, received a five-day sentence with no supervised release.
Both acknowledged prisoner Jimmy Hunsucker Jr. was Tasered.
Police reports indicate Hunsucker was arrested on a DUI charge in June 2007 by William Rogers.
Authorities report death of MSU student
– STARKVILLE – A coroner says an 18-year-old Mississippi State University student who collapsed in a campus residence hall died of cardiac arrest.
Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt said Matthew Gatewood was transported to Oktibbeha County Hospital Thursday and pronounced dead in the emergency room.
A news release from the university said Gatewood was a freshman civil engineering major from Clinton.
Bill Kibler, vice president for student affairs, said the death is “a great tragedy for a very promising young man.”
Gatewood maintained a perfect grade point average while at Mississippi State.
Hank Williams Jr. will perform at arena
– TUPELO – By now, Hank Williams Jr. can be considered a friend of Tupelo.
The country music icon has performed at the venue now known as the BancorpSouth Arena four times, and July 18 will make No. 5.
Williams, also known as “Bocephus,” will be joined by Dierks Bentley. Tickets are $59.50 and $35 plus a service charge.
They go on sale at 10 a.m. May 9 at the box office, arena outlets,,, (800) 745-3000 and (662) 841-6528.
Williams’ hits include “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “All My Rowdy Friends” and “Family Tradition.” He performed in Tupelo on July 29, 1995; July 12, 1996; June 5, 1999; and Aug. 27, 2004.


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