DA Announces Guilty Pleas In Greenville Murder, Burglary Cases

Chicot Memorial

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson has announced the conviction of suspects involved in several high profile Greenville cases. In the first case, 36-year-old Christopher Franks, 38-year-old Trudy Ponder, and 26-year-old Parker Huddleston all pled guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to their involvement in the killing of 32-year-old Thomas McIntosh in December of 2014. According to authorities, McIntosh was visiting Greenville from his home in Oak Grove, Louisiana, to gamble in a local casino when the defendants befriended him. After a few days of spending time together, the victim was given an injection of lethal chemicals by Franks that resulted in the death of McIntosh. McIntosh’s body was then placed in a field by the defendants, where his remains were not found until May of the following year. Franks pled guilty to Second Degree Murder and received a 25-year sentence with the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 20 years of that sentence to serve. Huddleston and Ponder each pled guilty to Culpable Negligence Manslaughter and received sentences of 20 years. In two other cases, 50-year-old Maurice Carr and 34-year-old Jeremy Hurt pled guilty to auto burglary charges. Carr has a long criminal history committing automobile burglaries in Greenville. He was sentenced to the maximum of seven years for his latest crime, breaking into a vehicle at the Greenville KFC on Highway 82 in June of 2016. Meanwhile Hurt pled guilty to breaking into the vehicle of a Greenville homeowner on Bayou Road in February of 2015. DNA testing led the Greenville Police Department to his arrest in the incident. Hurt also has a long criminal history of committing burglaries in Washington County. He was sentenced to a total of seven years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections serving the first 5 years in prison followed by two years of probation.



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