Hernando Man Awaiting Trial for Murder Arrested for Drugs

(Hernando, MS) A Hernando man accused of running over his girlfriend trying to get away from him on a bicycle is back behind bars.

Jimmy Whitten was out on bond waiting for trial on a half million dollar bond.

Last night, police arrested him again for Meth, Heroin, and being a felon with a weapon.

Whitten is facing murder charges for killing his girlfriend Sarah Jones in 2011.

Police say it was the middle of the night when the two got into a fight at Whitten’s house on Oak Grove in Hernando.

According to the report Jones jumped on a bicycle and drove down the street trying to get away from him, but he followed her in his pickup truck.

They say he hit her with the truck and left her body right here in the ditch until it was found the next morning.

His murder trial was supposed to start two weeks ago, but it was delayed.

Desoto County DA John Champion didn`t respond to News Channel 3 about what delayed the trial.

After his arrest, Whitten was released on bail.

Thursday morning he was arrested again on drug charges and is currently in the Desoto County jail.

This isn’t the first or second time Whitten has been arrested.

He’s served prison time twice and spent about sixteen years behind bars.

One conviction was for possession of cocaine with intent to sell and the other for illegally importing guns.

His last stint in jail ended in 2001.

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