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Psych exam on murder suspect not ready: Washington indicted for first-degree murder in March

The results of a psychiatric exam for a Brookhaven man who pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in May are still not in, delaying the court process for the defendant.

A motion day has been set for Oct. 5 for Yaquilla Washington, 27, in hopes the exam will be complete and ready for evaluation by Circuit Court Judge David Strong.

Yaquilla Washington

Yaquilla
Washington

Washington, the man accused in the Dec. 24 death of Demetrius Wilson, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Washington was indicted in March for one count of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Dec. 24, police arrested Washington after he allegedly shot Wilson at the Cloverdale apartments in Brookhaven. Police say Wilson had returned to the Cloverdale area from shopping with his girlfriend and noticed a man looking at him. Wilson and Washington allegedly engaged in a short conversation before Wilson and his girlfriend drove to another house in Cloverdale.

The girlfriend told police she entered a house and when she returned to the car she heard an argument between the two men followed by Washington allegedly shooting Wilson with a Smith & Wesson .38 special handgun.

 

Mulligan trial date 

set for Oct. 5

 

An Oct. 5 trial date has been set for a former deputy clerk in the office of the Lincoln County Tax Assessor/Collector who was indicted for allegedly embezzling at least $16,000 in taxpayer money.

A grand jury indicted Lindsey Grace Mulligan on July 15 for embezzling approximately $16,215.12 during her employment in the tax office from April 21, 2009 to November 9, 2009.

The indictment reads Mulligan “did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously convert to her own use approximately [$16,215.12] of the money which had come into her hands or possession by virtue of her said public employment […].”

The indictment says Mulligan repeatedly took money for her own use and deleted the records of various transactions whereby she received the funds.

Mulligan, 961 Old Rifle Range Road in Petal, was arrested on July 18. She was released later that day and is out on $20,000 bond. Embezzlement by a public employee is not subject to a statute of limitations and carries penalties up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

Mulligan’s court date was set for Monday, and she waived her formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday.

Mulligan has hired Bobby Moak as her attorney. The State Auditor’s Office and the District Attorney are handling the investigation.