Meridian Star

September 2, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Wife of slain MHP

trooper asks for support



    Dear Editor:

    I send great thanks to all of those who helped our family by writing letters and sending prayers concerning the possible parole of Charles Montgomery, one of the men involved in the death of my husband, Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper First Class Billy M. Langham.

    Thanks to the overwhelming amount of letters and all of your prayers, he was not paroled and will not be eligible for another four years.

    Unfortunately, I find myself having to write another letter pleading for readers' support and assistance from the family of Highway Patrol Trooper Langham, due to the possible parole of one of the other men involved in Billy's death — Otis Fairley, MDOC No. 42535.

    My husband, Billy, was killed in the line of duty in December 1981. During a routine traffic stop, Billy was stabbed and shot in cold blood. Billy was a wonderful man; he had so much life left. He dedicated his life to serving and protecting the people of this great state.

    On that horrible day, Otis Fairley took away a son, husband, father, brother, best friend and dedicated protector.

    Again, our family sends the heartfelt plea for any former friend of Billy's, family friend or concerned citizen to help keep this murderer behind bars.

    We need help from anyone willing to write letters to the Mississippi Parole Board on behalf of the Langham family requesting parole be denied for this convicted killer.

    Consider how you would feel if someone who took the life of your family member was allowed to walk the streets again. Please make a choice to help our family keep another criminal off of our streets.

Letters need to be sent to the Mississippi Parole Board, Attention: Malcolm McMillin, Chairman, 660 North Street, Suite 100 A, Jackson, MS 39202.

    Be sure to include the following information in your letter: Victim, Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper First Class Billy M. Langham; Offender: MDOC No. 42535, Otis Fairley.

    Thanks from the bottom of my heart for any assistance with this most urgent matter. Sincerely,



Brenda Langham