Council agrees to bodyguards attorneys' fees. - - Jackson, MS

Council agrees to bodyguards attorneys' fees.

After two years of debate, the Jackson City Council has agreed late mayor Frank Melton's former bodyguards, Michael Recio, and Marcus Wright, will have their attorneys' fees paid.

Tuesday morning, council members voted 5-to-1 in favor of paying the attorney fees. Recio's fees amounted to $7,500. Wright's were $10,000.

Councilman Jeff Weill is working out how the city council should handle the fees in the future.

Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes says it's normal for the city to pay attorneys' fees for employees found not guilty. The city council paid the attorneys' fees for Melton's federal case, but not the circuit court case.

The city is also still in litigation with Jennifer Sutton, who is seeking payment for damage to the Ridgeway Street property she owns.

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