Circuit court prepares for winter term

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

A Grenada County Grand Jury met last week, and according to the circuit clerk’s office, preparations are underway for the 2019 winter term of Fifth Circuit Court.
According to the Grenada County Circuit Clerk’s Office docket, setting of cases is scheduled for this week with the start of the court expected next month.
This court term has the makings of becoming a busy one with several murder cases possibly going before Circuit Judge Joseph Loper, the senior judge this session.
According to District Attorney Doug Evans, he expects this year’s term to be loaded.
“I’m expecting it to be fairly heavy,” Evans said. “We could really be heavy for trials.”
Several murder cases are pending from last term’s docket, and Evans said one of the biggest obstacles facing his office is the lack of information from the crime lab.
“We have several murder cases on the docket because of the lack of autopsy information,” Evans said. “Cause of death information is very important, but we’re simply not getting it. These delays from the autopsy report are very frustrating for us.”

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