Motions to set execution dates filed in 2 cases
JACKSON -- The attorney general's office is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to set execution dates for two death row inmates.
In the motions filed Monday, the attorney general's office says the U.S. Supreme Court had denied requests by Charles Ray Crawford and Michelle Byrom to hear their appeals.
Attorneys for Byrom are asking the Mississippi high court for permission to file more post-conviction motions on her behalf.
The court has not ruled on the motions.
Crawford was sentenced to death in 1994 in Tippah County for the murder and rape of junior college student Kristy Ray.
Byrom was convicted in 2000 in Tishomingo County of killing her husband. In a rare move, she asked the judge, instead of the jury, to decide her sentence. The judge sentenced her to death.
-- Associated Press
Buoys to outline depth change in upper Pearl River
JACKSON -- Ross Barnett Reservoir engineers say in the 50 years since the lake was built, the upper Pearl River channel has changed its course.
In the spring, workers will move navigational aids to steer boaters into deeper water.
Reservoir chief engineer Greg Burgess tells The Clarion-Ledger that buoys will be placed at spots where the channel is now.
The area is a stretch that hugs the Rankin County side of the river and is estimated to be three miles north of the Mississippi Highway 43 bridge.
The channel had been marked in the past with pilings.
Burgess says buoys are more desirable because they involve less labor to put into place and move, if needed. The buoys will include lights for night or low light navigation.
-- The Clarion-Ledger
Jackson man sentencedfor defrauding DIRECTV
JACKSON -- A Jackson man has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.
Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Mark C. Hooten pleaded guilty to the charges last November. He was sentenced this past week by U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee.
U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis says Hooten was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $384,651 to DIRECTV, the victim of his fraudulent activity.
Prosecutors say Hooten illegally used the social security numbers of existing DIRECTV customers without their permission to fabricate additional DIRECTV customer accounts. He fraudulently obtained commission payments for fictitious satellite TV installations from DIRECTV and Dixon Security, a Mississippi company with whom Hooten subcontracted as a satellite TV service installer.
-- Associated Press