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Natchez murder: Man goes to trial this week

NATCHEZ — A Natchez man is set to go to trial this week for the botched robbery-turned-murder in which he is accused.

The murder and armed robbery trial for Davarious Clemons is set for Wednesday, and District Attorney Ronnie Harper said his office is prepared to take the case forward. The trial was moved from its original July date at the request of the defendant, who through his legal counsel asked for more time to prepare his case.

Davarious Clemons was 19 when he arrested for the Oct. 7, 2011, killing of 30-year-old Cedric Morgan, an act to which he pleaded “not guilty” in April in front of Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson.

The case originated late on a Friday night. Morgan and his wife, Crystal, were in their car at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and St. Catherine streets, where investigators allege that Clemons tried to rob them, threatening the couple with a gun.

Cedric reportedly refused to give him money and attempted to flee, driving away.

But before he could get away, the suspect allegedly fired a shot into the vehicle. The bullet struck Cedric in the chest but he kept driving, crashing the vehicle three blocks later into a brick fence on Jefferson Street.

The Natchez Police Department responded to a call concerning the crash at 11:55 p.m., but Cedric had already died before they arrived on the scene.

An Adams County grand jury indicted Clemons on charges of murder and armed robbery in March. He was released on a $90,000 bond in April.