A jury Wednesday convicted a Jackson County man of capital murder in Dec. 9, 2014, killing of a retired special education teacher, according to Sun Herald news partners, WXXV Fox25.
Scotty LaKeith Street, 39, robbed and stabbed 55-year-old Frankie Fairley 37 times and left her for dead in a field about a half mile from her Polktown Road home. A day later, her friends found her body and alerted Jackson County investigators.
The sentencing phase of the trial began Wednesday afternoon. Street is facing a sentence of life without parole or death.
According to prosecutors, authorities found video surveillance footage from a Dollar General store in Hurley that showed Fairley and Street together the day of the murder.
Street and Fairley both lived on Polktown Road.
According to prosecutors, Street killed Fairley and stole her van. Street was tied to the murder after police say he used Fairley’s van to commit a strong-arm robbery that night in D’Iberville.
Authorities found Fairley’s blood on Street’s clothing and in her van.
Fairley’s husband said he last saw her around 3 p.m. when she asked him to watch a pot of food simmering on the stove. When she didn’t return home, the family reported her missing.
A couple of Fairley’s friends found her body the day after the murder.
Prosecutors believe Fairley was trying to help Street out the day of the killing and died because her act of kindness.
Fairley was a graduate of East Central High School and worked for 36 years as a special education teacher in the Lucedale School District. She had retired just seven months before her murder.
She and her husband, Charlie Fairley Sr., raised 13 children.