Melvin Potts goes on trial February 23 in Madison County for first degree murder and auto theft. The indictment charges he killed Dr. Garrick Shelton on May 21, 2014 and stole his car. Remember that date. Dr.
Shelton was a professor and Department Chair at Jackson State University. He was stabbed to death. However, the twenty-one year-old Potts is also a participant in the Hinds County catch & release program.
However, Potts has never been to trial for these Hinds County charges. Judge Kidd has approved no less than EIGHT continuances for the case. The most recent order was issued on October 21, 2014. Judge Kidd has yet to set a trial date for Potts. EACH and EVERY order has cited "ongoing plea negotiations" as the reason for the continuance. The District Attorney's office has not entered any responses opposing any of the continuances. Mr. Wiggins recently left the Office of the Public Defender.
Kingfish note: Keep in mind Potts allegedly killed Dr. Shelton 15 months after he was indicted in Hinds County. Meanwhile, Madison County is taking him to trial nine months after he allegedly killed Dr. Shelton. Earlier post. This case was covered extensively by the media in 2014 and the victim is a black male. 2014 WAPT story and video.