- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A 45-year-old Tupelo woman has pleaded not guilty in the May killing of her boyfriend.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1P6BKrc ) Leah Bishop, charged with capital murder in the death of Jessie Traylor, 65, of Tupelo, was arraigned Friday in Lee County Circuit Court on the indictment handed up Sept. 25.

Bishop did not speak to Judge Paul Funderburk during the brief court hearing. Her plea was entered through her attorney, Lori Basham.

Bishop is accused of killing Traylor on May 17, and leaving his body in the home that police said the couple had shared for about two weeks. Police discovered Traylor three days after getting a call from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, who found Bishop’s confession to the slaying within a 21-page, handwritten manifesto in Laurel.

The same night Traylor was found, Bishop was arrested in Winnsboro, Louisiana, after she was stopped at a roadblock for a suspended driver’s license. She was returned to Lee County days later and charged with capital murder.

Bishop has remained in jail since May under a $1 million bond.

On Friday, Funderburk ordered her held without bond on the recommendation of the state.

Assistant District Attorney Josh Wise said the state is seeking the death penalty in the case. Officials said it could be up to 18 months before the case goes to trial.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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