Murder trial on schedule for this week

Josh Presley
Staff Writer

The first week of the October Clay County Circuit Court term wrapped up on Friday, and judges will pick up again Monday on the more than 150 cases on the docket.
Week two is set to include the murder trial for Devonte Kelly. Kelly’s trial was pushed back from the April court term, as his attorney withdrew from the proceedings due to a conflict of interest.
Kelly, 16, of West Point, was indicted during the April 2014 term for the murder of his father, Randy Kelly, also of West Point.
According to a WPPD press release from the day of the incident, officers arrived at the scene to find Randy Kelly lying in bed with a “gunshot wound to the head.” Emergency medical personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Devonte Kelly, who was 14-years-old at the time of the incident, was missing from the scene but later found suffering from an apparent self-inflicted knife-wound, according to the press release. He was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center to be “stabilized” before being sent to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for treatment, after which released to the WPPD. Kelly is set to come before the court Monday. Check out Sunday's DTL for more information on this week's court cases.