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Trial set in Clinton woman's death

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An Alabama man charged with capital murder in the kidnapping and death of an 81-year-old Clinton woman in 2010 will stand trial May 20 in Hinds County.

James Cobb Hutto has been held without bond since his arrest shortly after the slaying of 81-year-old Ethel Winstead Simpson.

Authorities say Simpson's body was found Sept. 17, 2010, near Edwards, Miss. She died of blunt force trauma.

Hutto, of Jasper, Ala., was arrested in Alabama allegedly while driving her car.

Prosecutors say Hutto and Simpson were spotted on camera at a Vicksburg casino days before she was found dead at a hog farm.

Investigators believe Hutto befriended Simpson on the walking track at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton.

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