The long-awaited capital murder trial for the persons arrested more than five years ago for the shooting death of Willie J. Gilson was scheduled to begin June 1 in the Leflore County Circuit Court.
However, just prior to the start of the trial, two of the defendants in that case, Virlandrius Gibson and Garrick Price, both pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
According to District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, Gibson entered his plea on June 1 and Price entered his guilty plea on June 2. Sentencing is set for June 28 at 8:30 a.m., in the Sunflower County Courthouse.
The two men, along with Alexandria Jennings, who was 16 at the time, and Lucas Edwards were originally arrested and charged with capital murder just over a month after Gilson’s body was discovered in his driveway.
Jennings had entered a plea earlier on, but her sentencing was held off contingent upon the outcome of the trial. Edwards had already petitioned the court to have his trial separated from the other defendants and a judge granted his request. His trial date is still pending.
Assistant district attorneys Takiyah Perkins and Kaylon McCou were scheduled to represent the state in court.
The attack that led to Gilson’s death occurred in the driveway outside of his home on December 18, 2015.