Judge Asked to Prepare Bond For a Man tried 6 Times For Murder
On Monday, a judge is asked to set bond for a Mississippi man who was tried six times in the same quadruple murder case.
At Montgomery County Circuit Court in Winona, Curtis Flowers, 49, is scheduled to appear. This is the city where in 1996 four Tardy Furniture store workers were shot to death.
Four convictions of Flowers were reversed in the event, and two resulted in mistrials.
Flowers are still subject to the same indictments issued in 1997. District Attorney Doug Evans hasn’t said he’ll try him a seventh time.
Rob McDuff of the Mississippi Institute of Justice is one of the attorneys currently defending Flowers. He claims that after two capital assassination mistrials, Mississippi law requires bail.
“I don’t know where someone was tried six times,” McDuff said Friday.
In 2010, Flowers was sentenced to death during the sixth trial. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the verdict, ruling that prosecutors had shown an unfair practice of excluding African American jurors in Flowers ‘ black trials.
After the decision of the Supreme Court, Flowers was transferred from the death row at Parchman’s Mississippi State Penitentiary to a regional prison in Louisville’s central Mississippi district. He stayed in jail for being charged.
On July 16, 1996, the four people killed were Bertha Tardy, 59-year-old store manager, and three workers— Carmen Rigby, 45, Robert Golden, 42, and Stewart, 16, Derrick “Bobo.”
McDuff asks Joseph Loper, Circuit Judge, to set a bail amount and allow Flowers to be released from custody for the first time in 22 years.