published Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Attorney waives hearing in 'candy lady' killing case

The public defender appointed to represent murder suspect Cashman Perkins waived his client's hearing and sent charges to the grand jury in Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales' courtroom this morning.

Perkins, 31, has been charged in the killing of his live-in girlfriend Francis Smith, 40, earlier this month at Woodland View Circle. He was arrested June 8 in Columbus, Miss.

If convicted, Perkins could face life in prison.

For more see Wednesday's Times Free Press.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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