Capital murder trial continued to next term

Josh Presley
Staff Writer

A capital murder trial set for Monday during the Clay County Circuit Court April term looks to be continued until the next court term.
Charles Mullins, 19, of Sturgis, was charged with murder while in commission of battery of a child after the death of a 2-month-old child in October 2014.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said in a previous statement released to media that 911 dispatch received a call on Oct. 8, 2014, requesting ambulatory services in regard to an injured child on Griffith Road in western Clay County.
He said emergency responders discovered Mullins’ daughter, Iriana Mullins, in critical condition. She was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point before being airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. According to a statement from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, she was removed from a ventilator Oct. 10 and died later that day.
Mullins was originally arrested for child abuse, but his chargers were upgraded to capital murder on Oct. 14, when a provisional autopsy confirmed the infant’s cause of death to be blunt force trauma. He was arraigned the same day in Clay County Justice Court and remanded to the Clay County Detention Center without bond, per state statute.
His defense motioned to continue the trail in order to develop evidence for mitigation.
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