Younger robbery case reset

Younger was indicted in April 2016 for the Dec. 21, 2015, robbery of the Fast Break convenience store on Highway 45 Alternate at Church Hill Road in West Point.
By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

An armed robbery suspect who had been expected to possibly plead guilty in Clay County Circuit Court this month now will have to wait while the state Supreme Court names a new judge to oversee the case.

Judges Lee Howard, Lee Coleman and Jim Kitchens -- the three judges who handle circuit court cases in Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Noxubee counties -- recused themselves in the case involving 25-year-old Charles Colton Younger, the son of state Sen. Chuck Younger of Columbus. Younger was indicted in April 2016 for the Dec. 21, 2015, robbery of the Fast Break convenience store on Highway 45 Alternate at Church Hill Road in West Point.

Younger is accused of pulling a gun on clerk Crystal McGee, who no longer works at the business, and making of with a "large amount" of cash.

He'd been out on bond, but his family turned him in to the Clay County Jail on Dec. 12, 2017 for his safety and to help him avoid the use of drugs. Court officials had said they thought he might plead today during the first week of the two-week Clay County Circuit Court term.

But Howard continued the case until April 9 while awaiting the appointment of a special judge.

April 9 is the first day of the next term of Clay County Circuit Court.

Court officials say there's a chance Younger still might plead before April if a judge is appointed soon and the schedule can be arranged,

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