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"The trash can was sitting right there where that hole is at," says neighbor Michael Owen.
Owen knew things were complicated next door. Erman and Ashly Thompson lived there with 3 children. The suspect Henry Baxter lived there too, and both men were in love with Ashly. Owen says a terrible odor drew him to the trash can behind their home.
"Rolled it over here to where it's sitting right now and dumped it out," says Owen.
It wasn't long before he discovered the source of the smell: Erman Thompson's head wrapped in a grocery bag.
"When I dumped it out right here, the head came rolling out, about right here where you see them bags at," says Owen.
Police believe Henry Baxter shot Thompson on Sunday and dumped him in the trash can. The next night detectives say Baxter allegedly used a shovel to decapitate the body. Police say Baxter allegedly admitted he wheeled the trash can to a nearby field and dumped the body, leaving the head in the can.
"Very nasty, I mean so nasty you don't even want to explain it," says Owen.
Michael Owen says he heard Baxter talk about killing Thompson, but never believed he'd follow through. Police say the 2 men were arguing over the woman they both loved. Now, one is gone, the other is in jail, and the wife and children are left behind. Ashly Thompson tells us it has been very difficult explaining all of this to her kids, who are just 6, 4 and 2. She says both the victim and the suspect have fathered children with her.
Friday, July 13 2012, 10:54 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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