Second trial date set for former Baldwyn officer


By Floyd Ingram

Chickasaw Journal

HOUSTON – Will Porter plead guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in Chickasaw County Circuit Court on the last day of the March term.

The case stems from the death of Amanda Porter, 23, who was found stabbed at her home in Houston in January 2013.  Will Porter, 29, was charged in February 2013 with murder in connection to that incident.

Porter initially appeared before Circuit Court Judge John Gregory, pleaded guilty and said he wanted the death penalty. Gregory ordered Porter to undergo a mental evaluation after that appearance.

Two doctors testified on March 30 that Porter was competent and understood the charges against him.

Authorities were initially called to a report of a car on fire near Pumphrey’s Grocery about 5:30 a.m. that Sunday in January 2013, and their investigation led to a home at 1688 Highway 8 East and upon entry found Amanda Porter had been stabbed.

Sheriff's deputies developed Will Porter as a suspect, and he was detained about 30 minutes later. A weapon believed to have been used in the crime was recovered.

It was the county’s first homicide in almost two years. Porter's plea brought to a close the last of three 2013 homicide cases brought before the court.

Capital murder charges were filed in against Gregory Mitchell, 32, in connection with the stabbing death of William Ray “Shorty” Bevill in his home April 15, 2013. Mitchell was sentenced to life in September 2014.

Brecker Johnson, 39, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter in March 2014 and was sentenced as a habitual offender to 20 years with no opportunity for parole in the murder of John L. Wofford in Woodland in August 2013.

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