Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains were mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:42:47 GMT
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday. The HSSM assisted the Humane SocietyMore >>
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:41:59 GMT
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday. Once deputies arrived to the home theyMore >>
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday.More >>
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
The Mississippi Prosecutors Association is calling on lawmakers to
increase the penalty for those who kill in the state. The association
has now drafted a Degrees of Murder Bill to do just that. But the bill
may not make it through the senate if it doesn't gain more support.
Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence thinks the bill would have a better chance of passing if more people let their legislators know they support it. He said the state needs to add more teeth to its murder laws.
"Being prosecutors, we meet three or four times a year now. After hearing so many stories of problems that we are all having, we decided to draft this bill and get to the legislature," Lawrence said.
Under current state law, there's murder, which carries a life sentence and then manslaughter that's a 20 year crime. The Degrees of Murder Bill would add 2nd degree murder to that list.
"This creates a 25 to 40 year crime, and it will be day per day time. So we think it is a strong stance against crime."
Lawrence said the 2001 shooting death of Gautier High Valedictorian Kyle Todd is the perfect example of why this proposed law is needed.
"He was murdered. The guy plead to manslaughter and if you recall we fought that, him being released after eight to nine years because he got good time served," Lawrence said.
Kyle's mom, Carla Todd, agrees if a person does the crime they should do the time.
"There are too many families having to go through the same scenario that I have gone through. And with the increased number of homicides, something needs to be done," Todd said.
"I would hate for another year to go by where families of victims to violent crimes would have to suffer through that process of having to determine murder versus manslaughter, and the best thing for their family," Lawrence said.
State Senator Brice Wiggins of Jackson County introduced the bill. This is just one of several proposed laws that the Mississippi Prosecutors Association is pushing for this legislative session.
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