Thursday, January 18, 2007
Local News Briefs
More candidates qualify to seek office; deadline March 1
Some more local candidates have signed up for political races.
Those qualifying for county races or those from the area signing up to seek district offices since the publishing of last week’s newspaper include:
The deadline to qualify is Thursday, March 1.
The first primary is Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the runoff set for Tuesday, Aug. 28. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Marshall County man found guilty in Shelby County trial
A man arrested at his Marshall County residence in October 2005 and believed to be the “Hacks Cross Creeper” was convicted on four charges last week by a Shelby County, Tenn., jury.
Willie A. Price, 31, was found guilty on two counts of aggravated burglary and one count each of robbery and aggravated rape in connection with two home invasions during 2003 at the same Germantown, Tenn., home, according to press reports.
Sentencing for Price, who could get up to 40 years in prison, is set for February 23.
Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson was contacted October 5, 2005, by investigators with the Germantown Police Department regarding the address of the suspect. Dickerson confirmed the address - 76 Pegues Road, in the Marianna community.
Five officers with the sheriff’s department and four from Germantown arrested Price at his residence without incident later in the day October 5, 2005.
According to a report in The Commercial Appeal last week, the trial swung on DNA evidence against Price, a couple of taped statements where he acknowledged going to the victim’s home and the emotional testimony of the rape victim at the Germantown residence in March 2003.
Price did not testify, and the defense did not put on any proof in the case.
The intruder’s sneaky manner, general location of the crimes and the late night timing led him to be called the “Hacks Cross Creeper,” according to The Commercial Appeal.
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