Trial set for man who killed Wiggins officers

Ronald Husband, charged with killing two

Wiggins police officers in 2005, will stand trial Jan. 14 in

Lowndes County.

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.