Man accused of helping murder cousin could face third trial

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A northeast Mississippi man could face a third murder trial after his second trial ended in a hung jury.

Derrick Bankhead, 40, is charged with capital murder in the 2011 shooting death of his disabled cousin in Lowndes County.

Bankhead was convicted in 2016, but his sentence was overturned and second trial set after Bankhead's defense lawyer learned that District Attorney Scott Colom briefly represented Bankhead before he was indicted. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Colom says he had forgotten that he stood in at an initial court appearance.

Three other men have also been indicted. Prosecutors say Bankhead helped plan a robbery of his cousin, Eddie Bankhead, and was present when a co-defendant shot Eddie Bankhead.

Attorney General Jim Hood's office is now handling the case.