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Capital Murder Trial Of Alleged Cop Killer Begins Monday

It was not the kind of horrible crime that's supposed to happen in a small town like Wiggins.  

"You read about this. You see it on the news all over the country," said Wiggins Mayor Jerry Alexander back in November of 2005. "But you never think it will come home to you in Wiggins Mississippi."

23-year-old Brandon Breland and 48-year-old Odell Fite were the only 2 officers on duty on the night of November the 27th 2005, when a 9-1-1 call came in about a domestic dispute at the home of Frances Arnold.

Arnold told investigators that she had left her husband at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and had returned to Wiggins to get some clothes to take back to the hospital.

But prosecutors say Ronald Husband, who had also been at the hospital, followed Arnold back to Wiggins.

He allegedly arrived at Arnold's home, struck her several times, dragged her to the bedroom and attempted to tear off her clothes.

When Breland and Fite arrived at around 8 p.m., prosecutors believe Husband managed to get Fite's department-issued handgun, and shoot both police officers twice, killing them.  

"We've lost 2 family members," said Police Chief Buddy Bell choking back tears.  

Investigators quickly located Husband at his Brookline home, 15 minutes north of Wiggins.  

"And when officers arrived at his residence, there was no resistance," said Bell.

A Stone County grand jury also indicted Husband as a habitual offender. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison in Forrest County in 1981 on a sexual battery conviction, and he received 2 years jail time in Pike County in 1991 on a harassing phone calls conviction.

Husband is charged with 2 counts of Capital Murder, and he has pleaded innocent.

by Don Culpepper

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