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April 13, 1996 | From Associated Press
A sniper holed up in an abandoned, burning restaurant sprayed a busy shopping area with gunfire Friday, killing one person and wounding four others before perishing in the flames, police said. They gave no motive for the attack. More than 100 shots were fired from the shuttered Po' Folks Restaurant during the hourlong siege that forced motorists to crouch behind their cars and sent shoppers into nearby businesses for refuge. At least four people were shot, one fatally, police said.
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February 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The friend of a teenager who fatally stabbed his mother before killing two students at a Mississippi high school in 1997 was sentenced to five years in prison in Brandon, Miss., for his role in the case, but he could be released on probation in six months. Grant Boyette had been charged with accessory to murder in the Pearl High School killings but pleaded guilty earlier this week to a lesser charge. Luke Woodham, 16, was convicted of murder in 1998 and was sentenced to life in prison.
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SPORTS
January 16, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A 20-year-old man was arrested on charges he fired a pistol in Humphrey Coliseum during a basketball game Wednesday night at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Lamarco Wilson, who is not a student at the school, was charged with aggravated assault. The shooting occurred during overtime of the Southeastern Conference game between Mississippi State and Louisiana State. Police said the shot, which was fired during a fight on the arena's outer concourse, did not hit anyone.
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October 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
One of two teenagers still facing charges in the Pearl High shootings will not go on trial today in Brandon as scheduled. Circuit Judge Robert Goza granted a continuance sought by prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of Justin Sledge, 17. Both sides are reviewing information based on interviews with Luke Woodham, the 17-year-old convicted gunman. Sledge faces accessory to murder charges for allegedly persuading Woodham to go on the Oct.
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October 14, 1997 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After charging six teenage boys with conspiring to plan a recent shooting rampage at the high school in Pearl, Miss., police have quietly released two of them on bail, transferred two to a youth court and sent one home on his own recognizance, raising questions Monday about the future of the case. "From $2-million bond to free on his own recognizance," said one of the teens' lawyers, as he walked into the police station. "Quite a change."
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March 9, 1988
A Mississippi man armed with a rifle killed his girlfriend and a neighbor and critically wounded the neighbor's wife, then abducted his girlfriend's child and shot two other people in a two-county rampage before he was shot by police, officials said. Investigators said Lee Alvis Allen, 41, of Ashland, Miss., accompanied by the 2-year-old boy he abducted, was transferred to North Mississippi Medical Center with a gunshot wound in the arm. The boy was turned over to welfare officials. Lt.
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June 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
A teenager accused of shooting two Pearl High School classmates to death and wounding seven others was convicted Friday of murdering his mother before the school rampage began. Luke Woodham, 17, was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his mother, Mary, repeatedly and beating her with an aluminum baseball bat. "I'm going to heaven now," said a handcuffed and shackled Woodham as he was led from the courthouse to a patrol car. "Everything happens for a reason. It's God's will."
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October 2, 1997 | From Associated Press
A 16-year-old boy stabbed his mother to death Wednesday, then went to school with a rifle and opened fire, killing his former girlfriend and another student and wounding seven others, police said. The youth, who was not named because of his age, was distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend, Police Chief Bill Slade said, choking back tears as he talked about the rampage in this town of 22,000 people just outside Jackson.
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October 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
One of two teenagers still facing charges in the Pearl High shootings will not go on trial today in Brandon as scheduled. Circuit Judge Robert Goza granted a continuance sought by prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of Justin Sledge, 17. Both sides are reviewing information based on interviews with Luke Woodham, the 17-year-old convicted gunman. Sledge faces accessory to murder charges for allegedly persuading Woodham to go on the Oct.
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January 27, 1993 | From Associated Press
Chris Jones, a wide receiver for Mississippi State, has been arrested, apparently in connection with a fight during which gunshots were fired at the school's Jan. 13 home basketball game against Louisiana State. Jones was released on $1,000 bail.
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June 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
Luke Woodham was found guilty Friday of killing two classmates--including a girl he had dated--during a shooting rampage at his high school. It was the second time in two weeks a jury rejected claims the 17-year-old boy was insane. He had previously been found guilty of killing his mother just before the attack at Pearl High School and was sentenced to life in prison. The Oct. 1 attack was the first of several high-profile school shootings around the country.
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June 12, 1998 | From Reuters
A Mississippi teenager on trial for killing two schoolmates and wounding seven others testified Thursday that worshiping Satan gave him power to control other people. "I've broken up people. I've ruined relationships," said Luke Woodham, 17. "I know what I was dealing with was real." Woodham sobbed earlier in the day when prosecutors showed a videotaped confession he made to police an hour after the Oct. 1 shooting rampage.
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June 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A circuit judge has selected 15 jurors, including three alternates, for the trial of Luke Woodham, the 17-year-old accused of killing two classmates in a shooting at his high school in Pearl. Authorities say Woodham walked into a crowded commons area at the school Oct. 1, and began firing with a rifle. His former girlfriend and a friend of hers were killed; seven others were wounded. His lawyers say Woodham is mentally ill.
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June 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
A teenager accused of shooting two Pearl High School classmates to death and wounding seven others was convicted Friday of murdering his mother before the school rampage began. Luke Woodham, 17, was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his mother, Mary, repeatedly and beating her with an aluminum baseball bat. "I'm going to heaven now," said a handcuffed and shackled Woodham as he was led from the courthouse to a patrol car. "Everything happens for a reason. It's God's will."
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October 17, 1997 | Associated Press
Two teenagers were charged Thursday with planning a high school shooting as part of a satanic killing crusade, allegedly convincing the gunman that "murder was a viable means of accomplishing the purposes and goals of the shared belief system," according to the indictment. Grant Boyette, 18, and Justin Sledge, 16, were originally charged with murder conspiracy. The new charges, two counts of accessory before the fact of murder, are punishable by life in prison.
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October 15, 1997 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old boy who opened fire at his high school two weeks ago wasn't acting as an angry and disgruntled loner, but as a focused "assassin" recruited by a Satan-worshiping friend obsessed with Adolf Hitler and mind-control, prosecutors said Tuesday. In a preliminary hearing, prosecutors charged that the recent terror at Pearl High School was "masterminded" by 18-year-old Grant Boyette, who they said inspired and directed 16-year-old Luke Woodham to gun down their common foes.
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April 14, 1996 | From Associated Press
A white supremacist who sprayed a shopping center in a largely black neighborhood with random gunfire left neo-Nazi notes behind, leading police to conclude Saturday that racial hatred sparked the deadly shooting. Larry Wayne Shoemake, 53, was found dead inside the abandoned restaurant where he had fired dozens of shots--killing one person and wounding 10 others, all blacks--before he set the building on fire and perished in the flames Friday night.
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October 17, 1997 | Associated Press
Two teenagers were charged Thursday with planning a high school shooting as part of a satanic killing crusade, allegedly convincing the gunman that "murder was a viable means of accomplishing the purposes and goals of the shared belief system," according to the indictment. Grant Boyette, 18, and Justin Sledge, 16, were originally charged with murder conspiracy. The new charges, two counts of accessory before the fact of murder, are punishable by life in prison.
NEWS
October 14, 1997 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After charging six teenage boys with conspiring to plan a recent shooting rampage at the high school in Pearl, Miss., police have quietly released two of them on bail, transferred two to a youth court and sent one home on his own recognizance, raising questions Monday about the future of the case. "From $2-million bond to free on his own recognizance," said one of the teens' lawyers, as he walked into the police station. "Quite a change."
NEWS
October 9, 1997 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a week when the flea market was supposed to be the headline event, fear and rumor captivated this small country town, as residents learned that six local sons were arrested and charged with conspiracy in last week's shooting spree at Pearl High School.
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