Update: Court order of dismissal posted below.
The media was all agog over the arrest of 1998 Mississippi Melinda King Sanders. One must forgive them as they tend to go rabid when they think they see a pageant queen fallen from grace. Sanders was arrested on March 2 for credit card fraud. The media had a field day reporting the arrest and posting the mug shot. The arrest generated no small amount of interest on social media as well. However, part of the ordeal ended for Sanders when the charges were dismissed yesterday in Flora Municipal Court. However, as Paul Harvey would say, there is a Rest of the story.
If the reporters had bothered to use this new invention called Google, they might have discovered her husband was arrested for domestic violence on December 23, 2016 and booked into the Rankin County jail. Rankin County deputies arrested him after the couple had an argument that night. It is alleged that he threw a cellphone at her face. A mark was left on her face from the alleged assault. Mr. Sanders goes to court on the domestic violence charge in May.
|THE mug shot.|
|Sanders in real life|
The victim of the alleged credit card fraud was her father-in-law. The affidavit for the "fraud" was submitted to the police on February 17 - three days after the hearing in the couple's divorce was postponed. Ms. Sanders told JJ that no one from Flora PD contacted her or notified her that a warrant was issued for her arrest. She said a Flora police investigator showed up with two Hinds County deputies at her place of employment on March 2. The investigator loudly announced she was under arrest for credit card fraud and handcuffed her. It is not known if there were 27 8x10 color glossy photographs with pictures and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one. Melinda said she lost her job as a result of her arrest.
None of this information was reported in the media until yesterday when she gave an interview to WAPT. Modern day reporting is apparently reduced to spoon-feeding and now you now the Rest of the story.