Teen charged in fatal hit and run

By The Associated Press

COMO – A Tate County teenager has been charged with murder after a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Panola County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal a 17-year-old from Senatobia has been charged in the death of 61-year-old John Butts.

Officials say Butts was taking his daily morning walk along Miss. 310, near his Como, Miss. home Sunday when he was struck and killed by a car that fled the scene.

A tip led authorities to the 17-year-old.

The teen made his first court appearance in Panola County Justice Court Tuesday. His bond was set at $300,000. He remains in the Panola County jail.