Guilty Verdict In Tunica Cold Case

Posted on: 3:34 pm, April 11, 2012, by , updated on: 06:47pm, April 11, 2012

Joe Henry Cotton

(Tunica County, MS) A jury found Joe Henry Cotton guilty of the murder of Fannie Burks today.

The trial started Monday in a case that dates back to April 9, 1995 when Burks was killed.

The case is one of the first “Cold Cases” Sheriff K.C. Hamp reopened, “Evidence taken from the crime scene was resubmitted to the Mississippi Crime Lab for further testing.  In 2009, the Mississippi Crime Lab provided the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office with new information, which led to a break in the case.”

On May 12, 2009, an arrest warrant was issued for Joe Henry Cotton charging him with the murder of Fannie Burks.

After being found guilty, Joe Henry Cotton was sentenced to life in prison, in addition to the life sentence he is currently serving in an unrelated case.