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COSMETIC INJECTION DEATH

Jury finds woman guilty in silicone injection case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A jury has convicted a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections.

Several local media outlets reports jurors found Tracy Lynn Garner guilty of depraved heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire fraud after deliberating about two hours Friday. The murder conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison

Garner was charged in the death of Karima Gordon who, prosecutors say, was lured to Jackson by Garner to perform the injections. The defense rested Friday without calling a witness. The prosecution had wrapped up its case.

Prosecutors say Gordon and a friend were referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer, who was convicted of manslaughter in Garner's death and is serving a seven-year prison sentence.

COLUMBUS POLICE-BODY CAMERAS

Columbus police to wear body cameras

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Columbus Police Department has ordered 50 video cameras for officers to begin wearing this fall.

Patrol Division Capt. Fred Shelton tells The Commercial Dispatch the cameras should be available in October.

Shelton says the cameras will be mounted on officers' sunglasses and will record interactions from the officers' point-of-view.

He says at the end of each shift, the footage will upload to a computer the department can access,

Shelton says the police department receives about 100 civilian complaints every year.

He says the cameras will increase the department's ability to assess the validity of complaints with visual evidence.

MISSISSIPPI-CHILD KILLED

Grand jury to get case of suspect in girl's death

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The case of a south Mississippi man charged with capital murder in the slaying and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl will go before the next Harrison County grand jury.

After hearing police evidence, The Sun Herald reports Harrison County Court Judge Robin Alfred Midcalf found probable cause to bind the case over to the next panel.

A Gulfport police detective testified that 29-year-old Alberto Julio Garcia admitted sexually assaulting Ja'naya Thompson and helping hang her with two pairs of socks. The little girl was reported missing from her home the night of July 16. Her body was found the next day in an abandoned trailer nearby.

The coroner says she was strangled to death.

Garcia is being held without bond.

EMBEZZLEMENT SENTENCE

Woman gets 7 years for MUW embezzlement

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A former accountant for the Mississippi University for Women Foundation has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

WCBI-TV in Columbus reports 48-year-old Jeannie Godbey of Starkville pleaded guilty Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced her to 10 years but suspended three. She also was fined $1,000.

Prosecutors say Godbey has repaid the foundation $27,769.

She was fired in the spring of 2012 after the foundation discovered the thefts. Godbey worked at the foundation for about three years.

Prosecutors say she stole the money between May of 2011 and January of 2012.

STOLEN VAN-FATALITY

Man killed by stolen van in Biloxi identified

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A Colorado man is being held on a $1 million bond on charges of DUI causing death and taking away of a motor vehicle.

A Jackson man has been identified as the pedestrian struck in a fatal accident involving a van stolen from the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says 26-year-old Christopher Curry of Jackson died of blunt force trauma Friday at Ocean Springs Hospital.

Police say 36-year-old David Lee Shepperd of Franktown, Colorado, was arrested shortly after the incident.

Police say researchers from the lab were taking water samples at the Lighthouse Pier when a man jumped in their van and tried to drive away. The van was left sitting empty on the sand beach.

COLUMBUS POLICE-BODY CAMERAS

Columbus police to wear body cameras

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Columbus Police Department has ordered 50 video cameras for officers to begin wearing this fall.

Patrol Division Capt. Fred Shelton tells The Commercial Dispatch the cameras should be available in October.

Shelton says the cameras will be mounted on officers' sunglasses and will record interactions from the officers' point-of-view.

He says at the end of each shift, the footage will upload to a computer the department can access,

Shelton says the police department receives about 100 civilian complaints every year.

He says the cameras will increase the department's ability to assess the validity of complaints with visual evidence.

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