A July 21 motion hearing has been set in DeSoto County Circuit Court for Ricky Scruggs, 35, who is accused of murdering an elderly Olive Branch woman on Dec. 30, 2003 during a home burglary.
Scruggs was charged with the killing along with Tony Earl Carradine, 33, and Mario Dockery, 27. The state alleges that the three used duct tape to bind Anna Maxine Andrews upper body, mouth and nose during a burglary of the 83-year-old womans home in Olive Branch. She suffocated as a result.
District Attorney John Champion said after the arrests that he would seek the death penalty for each man. Carradine pleaded guilty to the crime in January and was sentenced to life in prison. Carradine was found to be mentally retarded by doctors at the state mental hospital in Whitfield and under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2002, mentally retarded persons cannot be executed. Scruggs trial date is Aug. 28