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Melton's "crack house" torn down

By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The house at 1305 Ridgeway Street, that led to state and federal charges against Mayor Frank Melton, has been torn down.

The house was damaged on the night of August 26, 2006. Melton and his bodyguards Marcus Wright and Michael Recio were charged with malicious mischief, two counts of conspiracy and directing a minor to commit a felony.

Melton justified using sledge hammers to damage the home by claiming it was a crack house.

The three were acquitted on those charges in a 2007 trial, but Melton and Recio were facing federal charges at the time of Melton's death in 2009.

Melton and Recio were charged with violating the civil rights of the owner and occupant. Wright pleaded guilty, while Melton and Recio were facing a second trial.

Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes said, "I think back to Mayor Melton when I look at this house, this house took a lot of people's lives.  Melton was trying to speed up the justice system."

Melton's attorney John Reeves said Melton was trying to rid Jackson of crime and drug infestation.

"That piece of crap should have been torn down 10 years ago.  My opinion is Frank Melton did us all a favor to tear it partially down, I wish he had torn it all the way down," said Reeves.

The city of Jackson tore down the 1305 Ridgeway street duplex, and three others in the area, Thursday morning.

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