BREAKING NEWS 181 new coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Funeral homes in Lee County reach plan to serve their communities and protect others from coronavirus Full Story

Man pleads guilty in Mississippi shooting death last year

A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a shooting death last year.

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 10:11 AM

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a shooting death last year.

The Natchez Democrat reported Tuesday's plea by 20-year-old Harry Smith Jr. of Natchez came as he was about to stand trial for attempted murder in another shooting last year.

A jury had been chosen for Smith's trial on charges of shooting and injuring Clifford Payne III in January 2017.

The second-degree murder plea came in the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting death of 34-year-old Richard Frazier as he sat in his vehicle in Natchez. That shooting came on a day that a number of people fired random shots through the city from the back of a truck.

Second-degree murder is punishable with a sentence between 20 and 40 years. Smith's sentencing is set Monday, Nov. 19.

Article Comments

Tupelo
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 64°
Columbus
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 64°
Oxford
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 68°
Starkville
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 68°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather