Inmate Accused in '97 Murder

The investigation into an April 1997 murder in Jasper County has finally led to an arrest in the case.

Forty-six-year-old Anthony Mann is being charged with the violent death of Mary Brumfield, 68, of Louin, Miss. She was beaten to death with a heavy ceramic frog at her home.

Mann is currently incarcerated at the St. Clair, Ala., Correctional facility, where he's already serving a life sentence for a separate murder.

This is the third cold case solved by Mississippi's cold case unit since it formed about a year ago.

Crime lab work led to Mann's arrest, but authorities declined to comment on specific evidence that led them to Mann or if he is a suspect in other unsolved cases.

In 2002, Mann pleaded guilty to the 2000 beating death of 16-year-old Alesha Charles of Citronelle, Ala., when she refused to have sex with him in exchange for crack cocaine. He was arrested after telling his girlfriend about the murder during a drive back home to Sheridan, Ark.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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