Clinten Dryer and his attorney Donald Rafferty nervously await the jury's verdict on Thursday. Dryer was found not guilty of murdering Kenneth Fanning at a family birthday party in April 2015.
After four hours of deliberations on Thursday, a Hancock County jury found Clinten Dryer not guilty of the April 2015 slaying of his brother-in-law, Kenneth "Pugsley" Fanning.
"Obviously, my client is ecstatic about the verdict, but it is very bitter-sweet," Dryer's attorney Donald Rafferty said Friday. "Mr. Dryer and Mr. Fanning were family members and it has been a difficult year for everyone involved."
Dryer's trial began Tuesday in Hancock County Circuit Court.
Judge Chris Schmidt presided over the trial and a jury of seven men and seven women. Two of the jurors were chosen as alternates.
During opening arguments, Rafferty said the case boiled down to self-defense.
"The killing of Kenneth Fanning was justified under the law," Rafferty told the jury. Jun 24, 2016, 20:18
Pirate Day in the Bay 2016 kicked off yesterday afternoon at the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor with pirates Nancy Watson and Sherry Locht throwing Mayor Les Fillingame into a makeshift jail.
The second annual Pirate Day in the Bay kicked off Friday afternoon in much the same way last year's event began – with Mayor Les Fillingame being "captured" by the pirates and thrown in a make-shift jail.
"It looks like it's going to be hot, but it's going to be a lot fun," Fillingame said Friday before he was tossed in the brig. I like the set-up this year. We've gotten off of Beach Boulevard and down in the harbor, and think that will lend itself to a much better event.
" It looks like the weather's going to be perfect, and I think this being the second annual event, a spin-off of our 200th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Bay St. Louis – we found out at the time that people are really endeared to our pirate heritage." Jun 24, 2016, 20:17
Mayor, council at odds in Bay Members of the Bay St. Louis City Council on Thursday grilled Mayor Les Fillingame on several of the findings in the Office of State Auditor (OSA) Performance Review Report made public last week.
The council met Thursday in a continuation of its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
Ward 6 Councilman Lonnie Falgout, the new council president, read the majority of the OSA report aloud and gave each member of the council a chance to respond on the findings. Falgout also asked for the mayor's input.
While both sides agreed there has already been significant improvement in some of the OSA's findings, council members said there were still some issues they found troubling. Jun 24, 2016, 20:16
Authorities in Pearl River County are seeking information about a Hancock County man who allegedly stole two soft drink machines in the past few weeks.
Pearl River County Sheriff's Investigator Marc Ogden said Friday that his department is trying to locate Duane Ladner, 48, of Hancock County.
According to Ogden, Ladner is wanted in connection with the thefts of two soda machines, one at a Dollar General and another at a boat launch in Pearl River County.
"He had a truck and trailer, and on both occasions, drove up to Pearl River County, and loaded up the coke machines," Ogden said. Jun 24, 2016, 20:15
Convicted murderer Glen Davis wants to represent himself for appeal Convicted murderer Glen Joseph Davis has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to allow him to file an appeal "pro se," after an appellate attorney said last month that Davis had no grounds to appeal his 2015 conviction for the murder of Maurice Colly.
A "pro se" filing means the defendant plans to represent himself in the court proceedings.
A Hancock County jury last August convicted Davis, 46, of Colly's murder after a week-long trial in Hancock County Circuit Court.
Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Davis to life in prison.
Davis was represented by local attorney Brian Alexander at trial. Jun 24, 2016, 20:14
Our Lady of the Gulf Church in Bay St. Louis will host the 32nd annual Crab Festival this Independence Day weekend, July 1-3. Organizers say the annual event draws thousands of visitors to Hancock County, with some coming from as far away as California.
The Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Fest has been a church event for many years, serving as a community meeting point since its establishment in 1984.
"There's always been a church fair. At some point, it just transformed into this festival," said a member of OLG parish staff.
The event that OLG parishioners call a community favorite was first held at the foot of the Bay Bridge, according to OLG records.
It was not until about 1995 that Our Lady of the Gulf Church acquired what is now known as Crab Fest Grounds, a plot of land previously owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Jun 24, 2016, 20:13
Rochelle Harper wants you in new music video The Bay’s own “Mississippi Hippie” Rochelle Harper will record a music video for her new song “Wildflowers” next week, and she’s inviting everyone to be in it.
“This is a call out to ALL Peace lovers!” Harper said Friday. “We are trying to gather a diverse crowd of people of any age, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, i.e. human beings to shoot a video for our song ‘Wildflowers.’”
Harper said the shoot will take place on Wednesday, June 29 in a huge field at a home in Waveland at 1329 Dubuc Lane.
The shoot will begin at 6:30 p.m.
“Please be there no later than 6:00,” she said. Jun 24, 2016, 20:12
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday helped NASA welcome the Apollo 19 Saturn V rocket first stage to its new home at INFINITY Science Center.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday welcomed the historic Apollo 19 Saturn V first stage to its new home at INFINITY Science Center, officially changing Hancock County's landscape to reflect its decades-long reputation as the "Gateway to Space."
"What a wonderful day for Mississippi," Bryant said Tuesday. "We stand here today, with what started generations ago, with scientist, engineers, mathematicians, test pilots, Marines, Navy, Air-force, and all of those that believed that man could leave this planet and reach another.
“That dream has always been to reach for the heavens."
The Saturn V first stage rocket booster that was slated for the cancelled Apollo 19 mission, which INFINITY board member and retired astronaut Fred Haise would have commanded, is the last remaining piece of the Apollo space flight hardware. Jun 21, 2016, 22:40
Testimony began Tuesday in the murder trial of Clinten Dryer, who is accused of stabbing his brother-in-law Kenneth "Pugsley" Fanning to death at a family birthday party in April 2015.
A jury of seven men and seven women was chosen on Tuesday and opening statements began about 2 p.m.
Two of the jurors are alternates.
During opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker told the jury that Dryer intentionally killed Fanning.
Baker said Dryer and his girlfriend were having a birthday party, for their seven-year-old daughter on April 11, 2015. Jun 21, 2016, 22:39