Melton Loses Primary, Hospitalized

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An unsuccessful primary bid for re-election has turned much more serious for the indicted mayor of Mississippi's largest city.

Sixty-year-old Jackson Mayor Frank Melton was rushed to a hospital shortly after polls closed Tuesday.

A city spokeswoman says Melton, who has a history of serious heart trouble, was being treated Wednesday at a Jackson hospital. She declined to provide details about his condition.

WAPT-TV in Jackson said Melton suffered a heart attack and was in critical condition Wednesday and on a respirator.

Next week Melton was expected to face trial a second time on federal civil rights charges related to a 2006 attack on a duplex he considered to be a crackhouse.

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