Covering Louisiana

Oct 26, 2012 12:16 PM by AP

La. inmate may take plea in Miss. kidnapping death

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal court records say a lawyer is working toward a plea agreement for a Louisiana inmate charged with killing an Ohio businessman in Mississippi.

Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian "Drake" Pierce are charged with kidnapping David Cupps from a hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., after escaping from the Louisiana State Police compound in Baton Rouge on March 4, 2011.

A filing Friday says Wedgeworth's attorney is working with other jurisdictions to consolidate charges so "a plea agreement might be entered in this matter."

The statement was made in a motion in U.S. District Court in Jackson to delay the Nov. 6 trial. Trial is now set for Feb. 11.

Authorities say Cupps was attacked for his rental car. His body was dumped in Bessemer, Ala.

The inmates were captured in Memphis, Tenn.


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