Meridian Star

January 10, 2014

Man found not guilty of Biloxi burglary

Associated Press


BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Biloxi man who waited in jail for more than four years to be tried for burglary has been acquitted by a Harrison County jury.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) Gregory James Woods, 51, was released from the county jail Thursday night.

Woods was being tried as a habitual offender. He faced a prison term of life without parole if convicted.

Woods had been held since Biloxi police arrested him Sept. 30, 2009.

Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker said Woods had been released from prison "just days prior to this charge and was in custody prior to this trial for four years completing psychiatric treatment and evaluation to determine competency, at the request of his counsel."

Woods' attorney, Jim Davis, said while Woods had gone to the home of a girlfriend from 20 years ago and broken in, the state was required to show Woods had an underlying intent to commit a theft or another serious crime.

"Proof of the underlying crime was iffy," he said. "The testimony was very weak. Without intent, it was trespassing."