Crime

Man accused of killing retired Lucedale school teacher will soon go to trial

Jury selection began Monday in the capital murder trial of a Jackson County man accused of robbing and stabbing to death a retired school teacher, wife and mother.

Scotty LaKeith Street, 39, is accused in Dec. 9, 2014, killing of 55-year-old Frankie Fairley. If convicted, he’s facing a possible death sentence.

Fairley was last seen by her husband when she left their home around 3 p.m. She asked her husband to watch a pot of food simmering on the stove until she returned.

When she didn’t return home that night, her family reported her missing. Fairley was headed to East Central High School in her gold 2004 Honda Odyssey van when the alleged attack began.

Fairley and Street both lived on Polktown Road.

Jackson County investigators found Fairley’s body in a field near Polktown and Davis Sawmill roads a day after the robbery and killing.

Street was taken into custody after police say he used Fairley’s van the same day of the killing to commit a strong-arm robbery at a D’Iberville convenience store.

A graduate of East Central High School, Fairley earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a school teacher in the Lucedale School District for 36 years before she retired, just seven months before her killing.

She and husband, Charlie Fairley Sr., raised 13 children.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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