Ronald Husband, charged with killing two
Wiggins police officers in 2005, will stand trial Jan. 14 in
Circuit Judge Roger T. Clark granted a defense motion in
December to move the trial out of Stone County because of a
pretrial news coverage.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Schmidt said Friday that Clark
decided to move the trial to Columbus.
Husband is charged with two counts of capital murder in the
deaths of Wiggins police officers Odell Fite, 48, and Brandon
"Teddy" Breland, 23. The officers were shot while responding to a
domestic disturbance call on Nov. 27, 2005.
If convicted, Husband could be sentenced to death.
Prosecutors said in court papers that the domestic disturbance
call was made by Frances Arnold, who told investigators that after
she had left her husband at Forrest General Hospital, she returned
to Wiggins for clothes to take to the hospital.
Prosecutors said Husband, who had been at the hospital,
allegedly arrived at Arnold's home, struck her several times,
dragged her to the bedroom and attempted to tear off her clothes.
After the officers arrived at the home, Husband managed to get
Fite's department-issued handgun, according to court records. Both
officers were shot twice.