Monday, September 23 2013 5:23 PM EDT2013-09-23 21:23:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A mother wants justice in the death of her two children, who were killed in an accident in Oxford last year. Frances Wheat filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man suspected of drivingMore >>
A mother wants justice in the death of her two children, who were killed in an accident in Oxford last year.More >>
Tuesday, October 30 2012 5:57 AM EDT2012-10-30 09:57:18 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Investigators are hoping answers will come in a toxicology report from the driver accused of hitting and killing two Ole Miss students. Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin says a warrant was obtainedMore >>
Investigators are hoping answers will come in a toxicology report from the driver accused of hitting and killing two Ole Miss students.More >>
Sunday, October 28 2012 1:27 AM EDT2012-10-28 05:27:36 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Around this time last year three Ole Miss students were killed in a car accident on Interstate 55. Saturday morning, many students say it was like déjà vu to learn about the death of two moreMore >>
The Lafayette County coroner confirmed 30-year-old John Wheat and his sister 24-year-old Sarah Wheat were killed Saturday at the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 7. More >>
Saturday, October 27 2012 11:32 PM EDT2012-10-28 03:32:16 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Captain James Owens from the Oxford Police Department confirmed there was a multiple car collision this morning in Oxford involving two vehicles on highway 6. One fatality resulted from theMore >>
Two Ole Miss students died this morning after a two-vehicle crash in Oxford Saturday morning according to Lafayette County coroner.
(WMC-TV) - A man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in the crash that killed two Ole Miss siblings in October 2012.
On Monday afternoon in Lafayette County Circuit Court, John Howard Strickland Jr. was sentenced to serve 12 years in jail with 13 years suspended for one count of aggravated DUI.
Siblings John and Sarah Wheat died after the vehicle Strickland was driving crossed the median and hit their car head on.
Strickland was under the influence of marijuana and had been huffing air dust canisters before the accident, according to investigators.
In a packed courtroom, Strickland apologized to the victims' family and said he often wishes he could have died rather than John and Sarah, whose family thinks the man behind the wheel deserves much more time behind bars.
"No, you don't have two of your children in a grave and it's closure, no," said Frances Wheat. "It's a hurt that will be there forever."
Frances' kids were leaders in the Ole Miss lacrosse community. Many of their teammates and friends were at the sentencing Monday, showing support for their friends' mother.
"Their support is huge," said Frances. "I mean, I get texts every day from wonderful folks, from Sarah and John's teammates and things like that and it does help a lot."
The Wheat family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Strickland's family in May 2012. They would not comment on that case.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:54 AM EST2013-12-11 11:54:08 GMT
Under Mississippi state law, a federal or state felon cannot serve in any public office including sheriff. With the sheriff pleading guilty to federal witness tampering on Tuesday, Jackson County supervisorsMore >>
With the sheriff pleading guilty to federal witness tampering on Tuesday, Jackson County supervisors say they've already considered what they'll do if Byrd resigns or if the attorney general removes him.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:53 AM EST2013-12-11 11:53:03 GMT
The hearing lasted only 15 minutes, as Judge William Steele questioned Byrd about his plea, and his understanding of its legal ramifications. The sheriff said "yes sir" to every question.More >>
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd is now a confessed federal felon. Byrd pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in Mobile federal court to one count of witness tampering involving the abuse of a restrained and handcuffed prisoner, and a subsequent cover-up. Mobile was the venue for the plea hearing because the suspect led officers on a high speed chase that began in Mississippi and ended in Alabama.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-12-11 04:54:32 GMT
(RNN) - Gil Brandt of NFL.com and ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum are reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban is in contract negotiations with the university for a contract extension that would pay him $7 millionMore >>
Reports are swirling that Alabama football coach Nick Saban has a contract extension on his desk from Alabama. Meanwhile, conflicting reports coming from Texas say that coach Mack Brown may be on his way out this week. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-10 23:28:26 GMT
Baseball fans in Huntsville and on the MS Gulf Coast have been buzzing following a tweet that said the owner of the Huntsville Stars has agreed to relocate to Biloxi. But for now, it's still a rumor.More >>
Baseball fans in Huntsville, Alabama and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been buzzing following a tweet that said the owner of the Huntsville Stars has agreed to relocate to Biloxi. Though it's been speculated that the Huntsville team is the one headed to Biloxi, there's no confirmation beyond the Twitter buzz.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:12 PM EST2013-12-11 04:12:27 GMT
Jones County authorities said a wanted felon who escaped into a wooded area after leading them on a brief car chase through the northwest part of the county Tuesday afternoon should be considered "armedMore >>
Sheriff's Department investigators said Ralston Sinclair Keyes, 29, who is wanted on drug and weapons charges, fled from authorities about 2 p.m. in a small SUV, after they spotted him on a county road.More >>