Murder suspect in trooper shooting released

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CORINTH, Miss. (AP) -- The suspect charged with capital murder in the shooting of an off-duty Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper has been released from jail.

Attorneys for 43-year-old Troy Anthony Eaton, of Rienzi, say his client was released Friday shortly after Tippah County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth set bond at $200,000 and $100,000 on an attempted murder charge.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Eaton faces charges in the death of 32-year-old Trooper Josh Smith. The incident happened near the Hatchie River south of Walnut on Sept. 30 in a rural, isolated area near the Alcorn/Tippah County line.

Attorney Jamie Franks says Eaton was defending himself and others.

The judge also granted a motion by the state to postpone a preliminary hearing that was set for next week.