Ronnell Phillips murder trial enters day two

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Testimony continued Thursday in the murder trial of Ronnell Phillips. He is accused of killing his ex-girlfriends mother in a drive-by shooting in 2011.

Phillips was 19 when he was arrested in August of that year. He is accused of killing Cassandra Rice, 36, in a drive-by shooting.

According to Lamar County authorities Rice was sleeping in her home on Sullivan-Kilrain Road when she was struck in the head by a bullet from outside the house.

Three others were also arrested and charged with accessories to commit murder. Thursday afternoon co-defendant Oscar Scott took the stand to testify for the prosecution. He testified that Phillips and one of the other suspects, Nathan Small were the shooters using a handgun and a double barrel shot gun.

During cross examination the defense contended that Scott was only testifying because of a plea deal he had received from the prosecution.

One other of the co-defendants was also scheduled to testify on Thursday.

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