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Doctor to face 2nd trial for wife's slaying

The Jones County district attorney's office says Dr. Malachy DeHenre has been indicted a second time for the 1997 murder of his wife Nayasha DeHenre. He allegedly shot her in the head at their home in Jones County.

He later went on trial for the murder, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Now, the DA's office says the evidence was there all along to put DeHenre behind bars.

"I don't have any brand new evidence that existed that may not have been present to a jury at that time with we hope they'll be able to listen to at this time," says Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish.

DeHenre is also being charged with the rape of a then 21-year-old patient when he was practicing at the Family Health Care Center in 1992.

"From time to time we look at cold case up here in course of looking at this old murder case that has not been resolved," says Parrish.   "I found a file concerning a rape that occurred in 1992, we did an investigation into that including interviewing the victim at that time and we presented that to the grand jury and resulted into an indictment on that charge."

The D.A's office says DeHenre is not an American citizen; he holds a Nigerian passport, making him a flight risk, prosecutors argue. Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum denied bond and DeHenre will remain in jail until his trial next year.

*Reported by Ontario Richardson...for questions or comments you can email her at ORichardson@wdam.com.

 

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