BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A 39-year-old Jasper man was escorted from a Jefferson County courtroom amid an expletive-filled rant before a judge ruled prosecutors could seek an indictment against him in his aunt's beating death.
James Hutto is charged in the Sept. 15 death of Virginia Rardon. Rardon's death came during what police say was a two-state spree that started with the death of 81-year-old Ethel Winstead Simpson, whose body was found on a Mississippi hog farm.
Hutto was arrested Sept. 17 after Auburn resident Mark Cox told Lee County sheriff's deputies that Hutto had robbed him, hit him in the head with a rock and stabbed him with a pitchfork.
Hutto will be sent to Mississippi to face a capital murder charge in Simpson's death.
He also has been indicted in Lee County in the attack on Cox.
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