A specially appointed judge was needed for a hearing into Terrence Sample, 33, because the others in Holmes County know his mother, Rosie Sample, a justice in a neighboring county, according to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.
Holmes County District Attorney Akille Malone-Oliver said Wednesday that a relative of Sample found Winston’s body near his property.
Sample is charged with kidnapping and murdering Makayla Winston, 21, whose body was discovered in a ditch near Lexington on Monday and whose due date for her first baby was just 3 days later, on July 4.
Oliver said Sample is charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping involving Winston and her unborn child.
He was also charged with capital murder for the unborn baby because Mississippi is one of 38 states with a fetal homicide law.
The body of 21-year-old Makayla Winston was found on July 1, 2019. Winston was nine months
Winston’s family told cops that Sample was her boyfriend, and Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said they were seen together Thursday, the night the mom-to-be went missing.
“She was heading to show the sonogram to the baby’s father,” Winston’s mom, Yvetty Brown, had earlier told WLBT.
However, Sample has denied being in a relationship with the victim, saying he was instead seeing another woman, who is also being questioned, the sheriff told the Clarion Ledger.
Sample was denied bond at Wednesday’s hearing.
DA Akille Malone-Oliver said a Yazoo County justice court judge conducted an initial appearance for Sample on Wednesday morning after Holmes County’s two justice court judges removed themselves from the case.
They judges recused themselves because they know Sample’s mother, Rosie Sample, who is a justice court judge in Attala County, Oliver said.