Diamondhead incorporation judge dies; future of case uncertain

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - The judge who was to decide if Diamondhead should become a city has died. Chancery Court Judge Kennie Middleton , 59 of Fayette, heard the incorporation case back in January. Judge Middleton died Thursday at Natchez Regional Medical Center.

WLOX spoke to Chuck Ingram who is a member of the Diamondhead Incorporation Committee and serves as Prospective Mayor. He said committee members are saddened by news of the judge's death and their hearts go out to his family.

As for the incorporation case, Ingram said the judge apparently had not issued a ruling before his death. Ingram is not sure how the judge's passing would impact the case.

"It's in the court's hand," Ingram said.

Funeral services for Judge Middleton are 3 p.m. Sunday at Fourth Street Church of Christ in Natchez.

Judge Middleton was Senior Chancery Judge for the  Seventeenth Chancery Court District of Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson and Wilkinson counties. He was first elected in 1994 and took the bench in 1995.

According to the Natchez Democrat newspaper, Judge Middleton suffered a heart attack.

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