PASCAGOULA — Closing arguments are underway this morning in the murder trial of Henry Lee Craig, accused in the May 30, 2009, shooting death of convicted sex offender Silas Miller.The jury will begin deliberations after closing arguments have concluded and jury instructions are given.
Craig first went to trial on the murder charge in August 2010, but jurors could not reach a unanimous decision, resulting in a mistrial.
Several witnesses identified Craig as the same man they saw shooting Miller, 67, as he was attempting to go inside the front door of his home on Barnett Street in Moss Point. When authorities arrived at the scene, Miller still was conscious and told authorities that another man, twice-convicted felon Floyd Broadnax, had shot him. Just prior to the shooting, Miller had gotten into an argument with Broadnax, resulting in Miller eventually shooting Broadnax in the arm.
Broadnax has testified that he took off running once he was shot but later saw Miller as he was attempting to go back inside his home. He fingered Craig as the gunman at the earlier trial. At the time of the killing, witnesses have said Craig thought that Miller was responsible for a recent rape of a then- 7-year-old girl. Miller's son, Maurice Miller, ended up charged and later convicted in the case.
Craig and Miller had several run-ins prior to the fatal shooting, including an incident in 2007 in which Craig shot up Miller's home, though no injuries occurred. Craig is still serving a 12-year sentence for shooting into an occupied dwelling in that case.
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