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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Judge declares mistrial in hwy. murder case

After an hour delay on what would have been the third day of proceedings, officials announced that a mistrial had been declared in the State of Mississippi vs. James Willie. Willie was accused of the murder of Fitz Casino employee Lori Carswell in the early morning hours of May 11, 2012 along Highway 713 in Tunica County.

Sources say a series of outbursts by the defendant played a role in the decision to declare a mistrial. District Attorney Brenda Mitchell did confirm she would retry the case, but the venue may be changed to another county in the state. Willie was transported to Rankin County, where he awaits trial on murder charges in Panola County and additional charges in Tunica County.


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