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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Former deputy charged in cold case homicide


Nearly 15 years after family members discovered the lifeless body of their brother under a large oak tree on Gay Street, Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp announced that a former law enforcement official has been implicated in his death.
At a press conference at the Tunica Museum on March 28, Hamp said Willie “Cat Daddy” Starks has been charged with the murder of James “JuMan” Carter of Tunica. Starks, the former chief deputy of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, is currently serving a 30 year sentence in the federal prison system on unrelated drug charges. His bond in the Carter case has been set at $1 million. He has also been charged with obstruction of justice.

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Docket light for court term

Circuit Court in Tunica County started the March-April 2012 term last Monday, with 67 cases on the calendar, some dating as far back as 2005-2006. Judges Webster, Walls and Smith will hear cases during this term.
The schedule is as follows:
March 26, Judge Webster - 11-0036 J. Stevenson, auto theft: 11-0068 K. Smith, aggravated assault/shooting into motor vehicle; 12-0003 K. Powell, fondling; 10-0076 K. Dorsey/M.Terry, burglary of dwelling; 10-0024 D. Grant, felony malicious mischief; 10-0034 M. Stafford, embezzlement; 12-0032 C. Davis, shoplifting; 10-0095 S. Perdue, uttering forgery; 10-0097 C. Wilkins, uttering forgery.

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Relay for Life 2012

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Inaugural run helps son, soldier live on

The memory of one of Tunica’s fallen sons will be honored next month during a community run that will assist other military-minded individuals pursuing their educations.
The first-ever Enduring Freedom Run is an event established by the family of slain Army PFC Brandon Dawson and the Tunica County Chamber of Commerce. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, and will take place along a roadway in eastern Tunica County that was dedicated to the memory of the serviceman, who died in Afghanistan on September 24, 2010.

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