Daily Wrap 3.6.14: Crime, punishment and positivity
Wrapping up the day that was from DJournal.com and elsewhere.
• Huguley gets 40 years for murder – Jeremy Huguley was sentenced to 40 years for murder, and during today’s hearing the 24-year-old recounted how a drug binge led to a robbery, which led to murder. Drugs are bad, kids. Ask Jesse Pinkman.
• Man who killed cyclist dies in prison – Wendell Blount was serving a 10-year sentence for his manslaughter conviction, but he won’t get to finish it. That’s because Blount, who ran over and killed a cyclist on the Natchez Trace, died Wednesday in a prison hospital. I’ve always wondered what a prison hospital is like; probably just as miserable as any other hospital.
A quick look at some of what moved across the main page today.
• Martin benched – South Carolina coach Frank Martin apparently went too far when he cursed out one of his own players, earning a one-game suspension. So he won’t be in Starkville with his team Saturday for the regular-season finale. Coaches cussing at players – who would’ve thunk it?
• Quick work – A 20-year-old guy named Willie Topp knocked over the NT’s Gas Station on Wednesday, and he was caught soon after hiding under someone’s deck. Note to criminals: Police are really good at hide-and-seek.
• State rests its case – The state has rested in its case in the murder trial of former MSU instructor David Parvin. A more detailed account can be found at the Monroe Journal, which has a lot of focus on whether Parvin’s gun, which he claims accidentally fired when his wife was shot dead in their home in 2007. The defense will present its side Friday.
Best of the blogs
• Only positive Tupelo spoken here – The city unveiled a new logo and a theme: “The Center of Positivity.” Journal sports editor John L. Pitts, always quick with an acerbic retort, reacted thusly:
My understanding of physics suggests that there must also be a “Center of Negativity.” Why, it’s right here at my desk.
— John L. Pitts (@JohnLPitts) March 6, 2014
Mug shots of day
• The family that (allegedly) does crack cocaine together stays together – in the hoosegow. A Houston mother and daughter were both booked by Starkville police today on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, that substance being crack. Mama Judy Lucious (at right) also got charged with DUI, speeding and careless driving. Can’t decide which mug shot is more priceless, hers or daughter Elesha’s. Judge for yourselves.
Talk it out
• My younger sister is in the Air Force – she’s done two tours in Iraq and Kuwait – and she’s not happy about the Senate blocking a military sexual assault bill. Do you think it should be passed?