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DEATH PENALTY APPEAL-BYROM

Byrom moved to Tishomingo Co. for new trial

IUKA, Miss. (AP) - Death row inmate Michelle Byrom has been moved to the Tishomingo County jail where she will await a new trial.

No trial date has been announced.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says Byrom was moved Saturday to the jail in Iuka.

The state Supreme Court in March threw out Byrom's capital murder conviction and ordered a new trial. The court did not elaborate on its decision.

Byrom, now 57, was sentenced to death in 2000 for the killing of her husband, Edward "Eddie" Byrom Sr., and for recruiting her son in the plot. Eddie Byrom Sr. was fatally shot on June 4, 1999, at the couple's home in Iuka.

Byrom's attorneys say they have new evidence in the case and that Byrom now argues that her son committed the slaying.

PHILADELPHIA-FATAL STABBING

Philadelphia police investigate fatal stabbing

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Philadelphia police say a 33-year-old man has been charged murder in the stabbing death of another man.

Police Chief Grant Myers tells WTOK TV the stabbing happened around 11 p.m. Saturday. Myers says it appears a domestic dispute led 33-year old Demetric Gray to stab 40-year old Zuave Trice multiple times. He says Trice died at the scene.

Myers says Gray also stabbed a woman in the arm. She was taken to a Jackson hospital for treatment.

Investigators have charged Gray with murder, as well as domestic violence and aggravated assault.

Myers says Gray was found a short time after the incident hiding in a ditch.

It was unclear whether he has an attorney.

HIGHWAY OPENING DELAYED

Highway 6 opening delayed by rain

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The opening of Highway 6/U.S. 278 has been delayed.

The new 10-mile stretch of road that connects Tupelo to Batesville was scheduled to open Monday, but Mississippi Department of Transportation officials said Sunday that recent heavy rainfall has pushed back the date. No new date has been scheduled.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the rest of the four-lane artery has been open for several years from Pontotoc to Oxford and on to Batesville.

BYRD-PROBATION

Corrections head: Byrd didn't violate house arrest

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's corrections commissioner says former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd has not violated terms of his house arrest.

Commissioner Christopher Epps says the department has told Byrd to end any contact with sheriff's office employees that might be seen as threatening.

Sheriff Charles Britt had asked Epps whether Byrd had violated terms of his sentence by asking sheriff's office employees which candidate for sheriff they plan to support. He says Byrd became abusive during a call to one officer.

The Sun Herald reports that Epps responded Saturday in a press release.

Byrd is serving sentences on a state charge of intimidating a witness and a federal charge of witness tampering.

JACKSON CHIEF RETIRES

Jackson police chief retires

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton has retired.

In a news release Monday, Mayor Tony Yarber says Assistant Chief of Police Lee Vance will serve as interim police chief. Vance has been in law enforcement since 1987.

Horton severed nearly 30-year with the Jackson Police Department.

No reason was given in the news release for Horton's decision.

OLIVE BRANCH ZONING

Olive Branch area rezoning plan spurs opposition

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) - A vast swatch of land just outside Olive Branch is at the center of a fire storm of opposition as developers try to get the property rezoned for a business park.

The Commercial Appeal reports at least part of the property has been cattle land for years, but now more than 200 acres of it could become home to various commercial uses and light manufacturing.

The site is just south of Miss. 302.

Area residents are concerned about increased traffic, safety and other potential changes. They want to present officials with as many opposition signatures on petitions as possible.

The Board of Supervisors is slated to hear the rezoning application at its Monday meeting in Hernando. The land sits just to the east of the Olive Branch city limits.

DESOTO CO-FATAL CRASH

Pedestrian killed Walls

WALLS, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a 22-year-old driver is accused of striking and killing a woman who was walking near Walls in DeSoto County.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Joey Miller tells The Commercial Appeal the female driver was heading south on U.S. Highway 61 about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Miller says she struck 36-year-old Susan Woodgate. He says Woodgate died at the scene. Authorities say it was unclear exactly how the accident happened.

Miller says the driver left the scene, but turned herself in around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

He says the investigation is continuing, and charges may be filed.

The driver has not been identified.

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