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Lowndes capital murder suspect seeks to avoid death penalty


Ryan Poe



A motion has been filed in Lowndes County circuit court to preclude the death penalty for a capital murder suspect because of mental retardation. 


Circuit Judge Lee Howard will hear the motion on April 22 at 9 a.m. for 20-year-old Nathaniel Lee Major Wilder, who is accused of the 2008 shooting death of Cornelius Cunningham in Columbus. 


Wilder allegedly shot the victim in the head while he was sitting outside his apartment at 2112 14th Ave. N. on Sept. 18, 2008. 


Wilder again made headlines late last year when he was mistakenly released last year from the embattled Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Leake County. He was rearrested by U.S. Marshals in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., on Nov. 23. 


The Mississippi Department of Corrections continues to deny any wrongdoing and claimed the proper paperwork had not been filed by the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office.  


LCSO Chief Deputy Greg Wright has also denied that the sheriff''s department is to blame. He said he has documentation that proves the department followed the correct procedures. 


Neither the LCSO nor MDOC plans to investigate how Wilder was released.




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Article Comment kj commented at 3/9/2011 12:46:00 PM:

"Neither the LCSO nor MDOC plans to investigate how Wilder was released."

Really? What a crock. Cops covering for cops is all that is. No investigation means no culpability, for anyone.


Article Comment insanity commented at 3/9/2011 7:15:00 PM:

I would have thought you'd been ok with that one KJ. I've seen you're complaint on here before after one of the store robberies complaining about how all the police do is lock people up, now it's a crock because they let a guy go. Pick a side man.


Article Comment kj commented at 3/9/2011 11:16:00 PM:

I don't want to see children prosecuted as adults, I don't want criminals to go unpunished, and I want public employees to be accountable for their actions on the job, much the way employees of private companies are. I also don't want to see public employees scapegoated and/or punished while the city council and mayor doing it are themselves unaccountable for their actions.

I think my consistent concerns are justice and equal treatment.


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