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Hearing set for suspect in murder of Olive Branch woman

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 21st for one of three men accused in the 2003 slaying of Anna "Maxine" Andrews in her Olive Branch home.

District Attorney John Champion has said he will seek the death penalty in the case.

Ricky Scruggs has undergone a mental examination and Champion expects the results to be discussed at the hearing. Scruggs' trial has been set for August 28th.

Another suspect, 33-year-old Tony Earl Carradine, was found to be retarded during a hearing before DeSoto County Circuit Court Judge Bobby Chamberlin in January. Carradine then pleaded guilty and Chamberlin imposed a sentence of life in prison. Scruggs is accused of taking part in the burglary of Andrews home on December 30th, 2003.

While there, the three men allegedly bound Andrew's upper body, mouth and nose with duct tape. The 83-year-old Andrews, 83, suffocated as a result. Her body was found later that day by her daughter and granddaughter.

Andrews' house had been ransacked and initially police said they believed that burglary was the motive for the crime. Champion says the motive for the murder was apparently robbery.

The third suspect, Mario Dockery, is being examined at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield. No trial date has been set for him.

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