Ricky Saxton murder trial to begin on Dec. 10

By JAMIE PATTERSON,

The murder trial of local businessman Ricky Saxton is slated to begin next month in Warren County.

Yazoo County Circuit Clerk Robert Coleman said the trial is scheduled to begin on Dec. 10.

 Johnny Mack Brown turned himself into local authorities in June of 2015 for the murder charge of Saxton.

Saxton was murdered on Nov. 13, 2013. Investigators said Saxton drove his tow truck to a remote area near Benton after receiving a call from someone who claimed to be interested in selling a car. Saxton was found dead near his truck from a gunshot wound to the head.

Yazoo County Circuit Judge Jannie Lewis-Blackmon granted a change of venue for the trial after the defense team said Brown would not receive a fair trial in Yazoo County after extensive media coverage of the case.

Warren County Circuit Court Judge Isadore Patrick granted a motion for continuance in 2017.

The case has been heavily investigated by both local and state agencies.