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Michael Devaughn appears in Oktibbeha County court.

Michael Devaughn appeared in court Wednesday afternoon in Starkville.

Posted: Jan 30, 2019 2:48 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2019 4:19 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The suspect in a high-profile murder case in Starkville pleaded not guilty to capital murder and sexual battery.

Michael Devaughn appeared in court Wednesday afternoon in Starkville. He was denied bond.


Michael DeVaughn | Photo: Starkville PD

He’s accused of murdering Betty Jones and sexually assaulting Kathryn Crigler on Labor Day in 1990. Crigler died shortly after the incident.

Starkville police arrested Devaughn in October 2018 in connection to the infamous crime.

An Oktibbeha County grand jury recently indicted him for capital murder and sexual battery.

RELATED: Grand jury indicts Michael Devaughn 

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