Suspect in plot to kill college board member in court


COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) - A 42-year-old man suspected of devising the murder-for-hire plot of a wealthy businessman who serves on the state College Board has been denied bond and the case will go before a grand jury for consideration of an indictment.

Victor Mitchell, of Sumrall, appeared Thursday before Lamar County Justice Court Judge Denton Plumlee for a preliminary hearing where additional details of the case came to light.

WDAM-TV reports Mitchell is facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to kidnap, attempted kidnapping, conspiracy to commit sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion, all in connection to the plot against Thomas "Tommy" Duff.

Mitchell's co-defendants, 46-year-old Glen Evans, of Gulfport, and 47-year-old Howard Cameron, of Biloxi, are also facing the same charges.