Headlines – 11/21/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 21, 2003

Panolian Headlines: November 21, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 11/21/03  issue of The Panolian

Hentz on Run with Panola Wife
Widespread Search Under Way for Duo
By Kate B. Dickson

On Sunday, Elizabeth Lacy Hentz – wife of convicted killer Larry Hentz – packed up her car in Courtland where she’d being staying with an elderly woman and said she was going to see her sister.

But that’s not where she went.

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Instead, it’s believed she was waiting Monday outside Parchman prison when he escaped.

The two are the subjects of a widespread search and a warrant – for aiding and abetting an escape of a felon – has been issued for her.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the warrant saying the couple is believed to be traveling in the woman’s 2001 red four-door Kia Sephia bearing Panola County disabled license plate No. P4856.

Judges Rule Dickson
     Mentally Competent
A competency hearing was held to determine whether Edward Dickson is able to stand trial for various charges including capital murder. Dickson (left), a law clerk and Public Defender David Walker prepare for the hearing.
By Jason C. Mattox
Senior Staff Writer

A pair of Circuit Court judges determined Edward Dickson Jr. to be competent and sane during a hearing Thursday morning.

The judges ruled on two separate causes. Dickson faces charges of kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, burglary and aggravated assault before Circuit Court Judge Andrew C. Baker, and charges of aggravated assault and capital murder before Circuit Court Judge Ann Lamar for offenses that occurred in April and May of this year.

Trial dates for Dickson have been set for Dec. 1 in Sardis, before Baker, in the rape case and on Jan. 12, before Lamar, in Batesville in the capital murder case.

Dickson’s attorney David Walker confirmed the state will seek the death penalty against Dickson for the May 3 slaying of Alvin Herring, 84, of Courtland. He’s also charged with critically wounding Herring’s wife, Verlena, 75, during the home invasion robbery.


Aldermen Ask City’s Two Hospital Board Appointees to Resign Posts

By Kate B. Dickson


By a 3-to-2 vote, that’s what the Batesville Mayor and Board of Aldermen want from the city’s two appointees to the Tri-Lakes Medical Center Board of Trustees.

The reasoning for the request was outlined Tuesday during discussions at the City Board meeting after the issue was brought up by Mayor Bobby Baker.

And that’s because the two – Ken Bloodworth and Mark Larson – aren’t following the city’s bidding with regard to the sale or lease of the hospital.

As minority owner of Tri-Lakes, the city has two appointees and as 60 percent owner, the county places three members on the hospital board.

Both Bloodworth and Larson have joined with their fellow hospital board members in backing the proposal by interim administrator Dr. Bob Corkern.

Arrests made in multiple four-wheeler thefts
By Jason C. Mattox
Senior Staff Writer

Three men are in custody and the search continues for a fourth believed to be involved in a series of four-wheeler thefts in Panola County.

Investigator Craig Sheley of the Panola County Sheriff’s Department said David Keith Brannan, Joshua Gregory, Sidney Williard and Steven Lumpkin are suspects in the theft ring.

Brannan and Gregory have been arrested and charged with grand larceny in Panola County. Williard has been arrested and charged with grand larceny in Lafayette County. Investigators are still searching for Lumpkin.

"We have outstanding warrants against Lumpkin," he said.

Sheley said the county also has a hold on Williard.

"Williard and Lumpkin will face grand larceny charges in Panola County," he said. "All four also have holds on them for similar offenses in Arkansas."

Murder Charge Filed Against Man
A Sardis man has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of Jennifer Russell Young.

Lois Hudspeth, 1773 Keaton Rd., Sardis, has been arrested and charged with the murder, Panola County Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Whitten confirmed.

Young had been missing from her home at 5689 Old Panola Rd. in Sardis since Tuesday, Nov. 4, Whitten said.

Hudspeth remains in custody at the Panola County Detention Center as the investigation continues.