UPDATE: Capital murder motions hearing delayed

TUPELO – Pre-trial motions are expected to be heard later this week in the capital murder case against three men in Lee County.

A wide range of defense motions was set to be heard in Circuit Court today, but they were put off because of illness by the lead prosecutor, Heather Joyner.

Indicted in the May 2007 gunshot death of Travis Brown are Jason Matthews, James Knowles and Christopher Hughes.

Their attorneys have filed numerous motions asking the court to consider various issues before the men go to trial.

Among the motions is one for Matthews, asking that his trial be separated from the others because, his attorney Kelly Mims states, Matthews could be unfairly prejudiced if he must defend himself beside the others.

Their trial is set for May 11, exactly two years to the day of Brown’s death.

Police investigators say Brown was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he opened the front door of a friend’s home and was shot in the course of an alleged robbery scheme.

 

PATSY R. BRUMFIELD