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Arraignment planned for sex offender in Brandon murder postponed

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The arraignment scheduled for a Rankin County man who has admitted to killing his next door neighbor was postponed until a further date. Cortrell Rose's arraignment was planned for Friday. The arraignment didn't happen though because it wasn't an official court day and a judge wasn't present. Due to the seriousness of Rose's charges, Rose must face a judge for his arraignment.

Rose reportedly admitted to killing 60-year-old Lenora Edhegard in September 2012.

"She's just a sweet lovely person, I just couldn't see how anyone could do that to her," said Mary Wood, a long-time friend of Edhegard's.

Rose was indicted on charges of capital murder, kidnapping, failure to register as a sex offender, motor vehicle theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

During Rose's preliminary hearing in October, Rankin County investigators revealed what Rose told them about how he killed Edhegard. Rose confessed that he followed his neighbor into her house to steal money. Once inside, Rose admitted to binding Edhegard's feet and hands, blindfolding her and placing a WalMart bag over her head and strangling her.

After the murder, investigators say Rose placed Edhegard's body in the trunk of her car, went to WalMart and used her credit cards. Rose eventually led investigators to a wooded area along County Line Road where he left Edhegard's body.

Rose is a convicted sex offender who had registered at a fake address in Jackson, but was actually living next to Edhegard in a house on Cumberland Circle in Brandon.

Rose is a three-time convicted felon. He was convicted of a sex crime against a mentally ill child in Monroe County in 2004. In 2008, he was indicted for kidnapping and robbery in Adams County. He was also convicted of not registering as a sex offender in Adams County.

Visit the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry website to sign up to be notified by email if a sex offender registers an address near you.

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