LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The trial for a Pine Belt man facing a multi-count indictment for rape and kidnapping is set to begin Tuesday in Poplarville.
Howard "Lil Dank" Payton was indicted in 2014 for kidnapping and two counts of rape in connection to an incident that occurred in February 2009 in Lamar County.
According to the indictment, on February 27th, 2009, Howard "Lil Dank" Payton did kidnap a female victim with the intent to keep her against her will, by forcing her into a vehicle and holding her against her will.
The two counts of rape state that Payton did have forcible sexual intercourse with the victim, by use of his fingers, and penis.
The two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping are all that Payton will stand trial for this April in a Poplarville court.
Payton is listed as a habitual offender, who has been convicted of sale of a controlled substance in Forrest County in August 2001. Payton was sentenced to ten years, with two years to serve, with eight years suspended on post release. Another offense lists that Payton convicted of possession of a controlled substance in Lamar County in February 2004. He was sentenced to eight years in MDOC custody with one year to serve and seven years suspended post release supervision. Another offense lists Payton was convicted in July 2010 in Forrest County for possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to serve an eight year term, with eight years suspended on post release supervision.
Payton was arrested in Hattiesburg in October 2011 in the shooting death of Marco Harris, 33 that occurred at the Chevron gas station on Old Mississippi 42.
Payton has remained in custody since.
The trial is set to begin with jury selections Tuesday morning.