Adams County jury packs for Pascagoula trial

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 1, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; Fourteen Adams County residents have been transported to Pascagoula to serve on a capital murder jury.

The 12 jurors and two alternates were selected Monday morning from an Adams County jury pool because of the publicity the case has received in the Pascagoula area.

Mary Scarbough, 20, is charged with capital murder in the 2002 robbery and death of a disabled Navy veteran. She was one of four people arrested in connection with the death of Dorian Johnson, 52.

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Scarbough is accused of luring Johnson to a park in Moss Point so she and two other people could rob him of his government check he has supposedly received.

At the park Johnson was allegedly beaten by two teenagers, transported to Scarbough and beaten again and later left on a logging trail off Mississippi 57.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty, an eligible punishment because of the capital murder charge, based on discussions with the victim’s family.

If found guilty, Scarbough would be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Adams County Circuit Clerk M.L. &uot;Binkey&uot; Vines said the jury would stay in Pascagoula until the completion of the trial.

Vines and Adams County personnel were responsible for getting a jury pool seated Monday, but will have no further contact with the jurors until after the trial.

&uot;We handle all the procedures, we process all the paperwork that has to be done to select a jury,&uot; Vines said.

A judge from Pascagoula presided over the jury selection in the Adams County courtroom Monday.

The judge returned home Monday night and the jury was transported to a hotel.

Vines said the trial was expected to last a week.

One teenager has been found guilty on capital murder charges in the case, another pled guilty and the fourth is awaiting trial.