Man found guilty in JSU professor murder trial

Trial continues for man accused of killing JSU professor (Image 1)

CANTON, MS – The man accused in the murder of a Jackson State University professor has been found guilty and sentenced.

Melvin Potts received a life-sentence for the 1st Degree murder of 37-year-old Garrick Shelton. He was also found guilty of automobile theft and sentenced to 10 years.

Potts was arrested in 2014 in connection to the stabbing death of Shelton, who was a professor at JSU. Shelton was found in his Madison home. His body was covered in 18 stab wounds according to the Mississippi State Medical Examiner Dr. Erin Barnhart. He was also shot in the right shoulder.

Potts’ attorneys claimed that Pott’s acted in self-defense. Others from the state crime lab were called to the stand during trial and  testified that Potts’ blood was on the driver side of Shelton’s car found in Shelton’s the carport.


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