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Sheriff Pace, Deputy Chief Kimble arrest high profile capital murder suspect in Vicksburg

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Local authorities executed an arrest warrant last week for a high-profile suspect in a controversial capital murder trial out of Texas.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office received information Friday afternoon from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in Harrison County, Texas that there was in individual believed to be in Vicksburg that had just been indicted Friday morning, in Texas, for capital murder.

Clinton Lee Young was convicted of kidnapping and double murder in 2003 in Midland County, Texas. After nearly 20 years on death row, Young was released on bond in January of this year when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) granted him a new trial in light of revelations that the prosecutor in his case had also secretly served as a paid clerk to Midland County judges who presided over Young’s trial and post-conviction appeals.

On Friday, neighboring Harrison County indicted Young on the same charges he is facing in Midland County.  Young’s defense attorneys say that he was here in Mississippi working at a court-approved job and has obeyed all bond conditions since his release.

Local authorities, though, have a responsibility to execute the active warrant. An arrest team led by Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace and Vicksburg Police Deputy Chief Troy Kimble located Young as he was leaving a business on Highway 61 North. He was arrested without incident based on the Texas warrant and transported to the Warren County jail.

Young had an extradition hearing before Judge James Jefferson on Friday afternoon at which time he waived extradition. He is now awaiting the arrival of Texas authorities to transport him back to Harrison County, Texas.

Learn more about Young’s case at the Clinton Young Foundation’s website.

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