UPDATE: Suspended Fulton Fire Chief case scheduled for grand jury

By Itawamba County Times

The case against Fulton’s suspended fire chief, Freddy Brown, is scheduled to presented to the October grand jury. It will be up to the grand jury to decide if the case should continue to court.

Brown faces charges of hindering the prosecution in the first degree in connection with the June death of Johnny Neil Johnson. Johnson was allegedly beaten during a party, and later died as a result of his injuries.

Both Brown and his brother, Gerald Brown, are accused of hiding information that would have aided police in arresting Johnson’s alleged killer.

During their recent meeting, the Fulton Board of Aldermen agreed to increase Fulton Fire Department member Brad Beard’s salary by $5,000 per year to compensate him for assuming the position of fire chief for the city. Beard’s salary increase will be in place as long as he serves in this position.