The man accused of killing a 21-year-old woman and her unborn child in Holmes County was denied bond Wednesday by a special appointed judge.
A special appointed judge was needed, according to the Holmes County District attorney, because the two justice court judges in Holmes County are acquainted with the suspect’s mother, a judge in neighboring Attala County.
Terrence K. Sample, 33, is accused in the death of Makayla Winston, whose body was discovered Monday on a deserted road in rural Holmes County days after her family reported her missing.
Holmes County District Attorney Akille Malone-Oliver said Wednesday that a relative of Sample found Winston’s body near his property.
Oliver said Sample is charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping involving Winston and her unborn child.
Mississippi is one of 38 states that has fetal homicide laws that allow charges for the death of an unborn child.
Oliver said a Yazoo County justice court judge conducted an initial appearance for Sample on Wednesday morning after Holmes County’s two justice court judges removed themselves from the case. Oliver said they recused themselves because they know Sample’s mother, Rosie Sample, who is a justice court judge in Attala County.
SOURCE: Jimmie E. Gates
Mississippi Clarion Ledger