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Scotty Street sentenced to life in prison for murder of retired teacher

Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.) Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)
Scotty Street, 39, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Photo source: WLOX) Scotty Street, 39, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Scotty Street, 39, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing Frankie Fairley to death in 2014.

The Jackson County jury heard two days of evidence before deciding Street’s fate. That jury found Street guilty of capital murder in the 2014 stabbing death.

Fairley, 55, was a retired special education teacher from Hurley.

Fairley's family breathed a sigh of relief as the verdict was read. Street's family walked out of the courtroom sobbing.

After the verdict was read, testimony started almost immediately in the sentencing portion of the trial.

Defense attorneys called several witnesses to the stand to talk about Street's mental state. One of Street's sisters testified their mother tried to get him help several times. She said Street would talk to himself when he wasn't taking his medication and used recreational drugs at one point.

Another sister testified, describing Street's behavior growing up as "erratic."

"Scotty's had a lot of mental issues," she said. "Scotty's been institutionalized so much, it's beyond my count."

A mental health professional who treated Street at Singing River Health System was also called to the stand. She told the court she had to give Street injections every few weeks for his mental illness. She said Street suffered from schizophrenia and needed to be in a group home with a caregiver.

Two psychiatrists testified Thursday morning about Street's "chronic and severe" mental illness, which drove him to bizarre behavior and paranoia. Such behavior included putting plastic bags on his head to keep his brain from leaking out and running naked in public with objects tied to his scrotum.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said there's no denying Street has a mental illness, but he told the jury that Street knew right from wrong that cold winter day when he stabbed his victim 37 times and then dumped her in a field like a sack of trash, even as she was gasping for breath and bringing up blood instead.

The defense attorney suggested if not for the mental illness, none of this would have happened. He emphasized the long-term nature of that mental condition and said Street was cast aside and misunderstood his whole life. 

After the sentencing, defense attorney Kelsey Rushing said there are no winners in this case. Two families suffered tremendous loses.

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