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Woman accused in Jackson County stabbing

George County woman charged in shooting death of her husband

Woman burns husband with cooking oil in Bay St. Louis

Abuse is the excuse when it goes to trial

Widow charged with murder in Pascagoula in nine-year-old slaying of husband

Jasper County man shot and killed and woman flees


 

Woman accused in Jackson County stabbing

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© 2004 The Sun Herald

Friday, March 12, 2004 — A Moss Point woman charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault is accused of stabbing a man.

Ruth Hays, 37, was arrested Thursday night in connection with the stabbing of Phillip Deas, of Delius Circle in Moss Point. Deas was taken to Singing River Hospital for treatment. Hays was jailed on a $10,000 bond.


 

George County woman charged in shooting death of her husband

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April 6, 2004, Rocky Creek (AP) — A George County woman was free on bond Tuesday following her arrest in last December's shooting death of her husband, authorities said.

Patricia Lambert Simpson, arrested Monday, was indicted by a George County grand jury for murder in the death of her husband, Donald Buford Simpson.

Sheriff's investigator Ronnie Lambert said Mrs. Simpson, 54, called authorities on December 22, 2003, and reported that her husband had been injured in an accidental shooting.

When deputies arrived at the couple's home, authorities said they learned Donald Simpson had been taken by helicopter to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, and that Patricia Simpson was also in route to the hospital.

Lambert said Donald Simpson, 64, had been shot with a small caliber handgun. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Lambert said Patricia Simpson became the main suspect as the investigation continued and pathology reports came in. In July 2006 she was convicted and sentenced to serve 15 years and then 5 years probation to follow the prison term.


 

Woman burns husband with cooking oil in Bay St. Louis

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July 28, 2006 — A woman fled with her two children after severely burning her husband with hot cooking oil as he slept, authorities said. The FBI said she fled in a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix with a retired U.S. Navy license plate.

Investigators said 45-year-old Edna May Sanders fled the couple's home with their two children on July 28 after dumping a pot of hot grease on her husband, leaving him with third-degree burns on more than half of his body. Authorities said the two were married only a short time. They were unsure what led to the assault and police have no motive for the killing.

Apparently Edna May Sanders turned on the stove Friday and heated about two quarts of oil, waited until the grease reached a simmer and then poured the oil over her husband, covering his head, face, chest and arms.

The Sun Herald reported that the burns to Sherman's head, face, chest and arms were so severe he had to use a car horn to alert a neighbor that he needed help because he was unable to dial a phone. The man did speak briefly to investigators.

Sherman Sanders survived for a week in the burn center at the University of South Alabama. After his death county investigators intensified the search for his wife.

"I've been in law enforcement 14 years and that was the worse thing I've ever seen," sheriff's investigator Ricky Fayard said. "His skin was dripping off of him."

FBI Special Agent Jason Pack confirmed that federal authorities will provide assistance to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department in the nationwide search. Hancock investigators said because Sanders may have crossed state lines, the FBI can lend its resources. Hancock investigators think Mrs. Sanders is probably seeking shelter with family in Louisiana or Texas.

Neighbors said there were no visible signs of marital problems between the Sanders and that the family kept to themselves.

Kenny Hurt, Hancock's chief investigator, said there is no history of domestic violence between the couple at their current address.

Abuse is the excuse when it goes to trial

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Abstracted from story on WLOX TV

On April 9, 2008, a Hancock County jury found Edna Mae Sanders guilty of murder in the death of her husband Sherman Sanders after she poured boiling cooking oil over him while he slept.

The jury deliberated for about90 minutes. Judge Steve Simpson sentenced Sanders to life in prison without possibility of parole.

During the trial Ms. Sanders took the stand in her own defense, explaining abuse led her to throw hot oil on her husband.

The Diamondhead woman painted a history of abuse in her short marriage to Sherman Sanders, which culminated with a fight on the night of July 27, 2006. Sanders testified an argument about her daughter escalated into a physical fight. She told the jury Sherman Sanders was choking her, hitting her and throwing her around "like a rag doll."

Alexander led Sanders through the events of that night. Sanders testified once the physical fight ended, she told her husband she was calling the police. Sanders then blurted out that her husband threatened her life, saying, "I'm going to kill you, bitch." Judge Simpson did not allow that testimony about the threat and instructed the jury to disregard it.

The jury did hear Edna Sanders describe running to the kitchen, grabbing the pot of oil from the stove and running down the hall to find her husband in the bedroom. Not quite consistent with what investigators initially found as described above where she heated the grease, waited until it was simmering, and then poured it on her sleeping husband. But Ms. Sanders testified that once she was in the bedroom, her husband reached across the bed for a gun and pointed it at her. That's when Sanders says she threw the boiling oil on her husband.

Edna Sanders became emotional at times describing the abuse she says she endured in just four months of marriage. She described a personality change in Sherman Sanders after Hurricane Katrina, calling him "like a Jekyll and Hyde." She attributed some of Sherman Sanders' stress from losing his grandmother in New Orleans, who died during the storm, and the death of his mother a short time later.

"He would laugh and smile in public, but when he got inside the door, he was a different person," Edna Sanders said. But she doesn't sound like a mild-mannered sweetheart herself.

Sanders' claims of her abuse were supported by her daughter, now 15, who also testified Tuesday. But the girl was not allowed to be questioned about whether she was ever abused by her stepfather.

Edna Sanders' daughter also backed up her mother's testimony that Sherman Sanders hit Edna's six-year-old autistic son on many occasions.

On cross examination, Assistant District Attorney Chris Fisher questioned why, if Edna Sanders was in fear for her life on the night of July 27, 2006, she didn't go out the kitchen door to get away, instead of following Sherman Sanders to the bedroom with the pot of hot oil. Fisher also asked why none of the abuse had been reported.

Edna Sanders told the jury she blamed her husband's stress and believed they could work things out. Obviously the jury didn't believe her.


 

Widow charged with murder in Pascagoula in nine-year-old slaying of husband

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August 27, 2007 (AP) — Mississippi police have arrested a South Carolina man in the shooting death of a man nine years ago.

Police in Pascagoula, Mississippi went to Moncks Corner late last week and arrested 30-year-old David Allen Stokes and charged him with capital murder.

Stokes is charged in the 1998 death of 29-year-old Tony Glenn Junior.

Police have also charged Glenn's wife, 34-year-old Karrie Linnette Glenn of Pascagoula, with capital murder.

Police say Tony Glenn was shot to death in his bed at his home in Orange Grove, Mississippi.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says investigators think Stokes and Karrie Glenn had a relationship.


 

Jasper County man shot and killed and woman flees

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Abstracted from articles in CBS4 Denver

November 11, 2012 —The body of 68-year-old Joseph "J. L." Tatum was found in his camper trailer in a rural area of Jasper County southwest of Stringer. He died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Nancy Faye Yacobucci from Fort Collins, Colorado (she is also known as Nancy Faye Reaume) fled the scene when officers arrived in Tatum's 1999 Chevrolet Suburban. She was later arrested in Bonham, Texas and returned to Mississippi.

Ms. Yacobucci was charged with murder and grand larceny. In August 2014 she pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to just seven years in prison.

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