Court term begins today

Josh Presley
Staff Writer

The January term of the Clay County Circuit Court will begin Monday, including murder, assault, armed robbery and drug cases.
Monday’s court session will see the trial of Charles Mullins. The case was continued from an earlier court term due to the capital defense counsel needing additional time to prepare. Mullins, 19, of Starkville, was charged with capital murder in connection with the death a 2 month old child in October 2014 in Clay County.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said 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 two days later and died later that day.
Mullins was originally arrested for child abuse, but his charges were upgraded to capital murder four days later, 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.
The court appointed Mark Cliett to serve as Mullins’ attorney in April, as Mullins was financially unable to appoint legal counsel of his own choice.
Continue to check the Daily Times Leader for updates on the court term.