Next Melton jury will come from South Mississippi

By WLOX Staff

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The fate of the capital city's mayor will be decided by people who live in the six coastal counties.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the jury in Frank Melton's retrial will be selected in Gulfport. Those jurors will then be transported to Jackson to hear the case.

Mayor Melton and his former police bodyguard Michael Recio are charged with the destruction of a duplex that the mayor considered a crack house.

The first civil rights trial ended February 24th in a mistrial after the jury was deadlocked. The new trial is set for May 11th.

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