Purvis Man Acquitted of Murder Charges

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An Adams County jury has found a Purvis man guilty of conspiring to kill his wife.
However, the jury acquitted 35-year-old Joseph Ronald Hartfield of murder in the death of his wife, 23-year-old Tabitha Hartfield, in 2008.
Circuit Judge Anthony Mozingo scheduled sentencing for July 6 at the Pearl River County Courthouse in Poplarville.
Hartfield faces a maximum twenty-year sentence.
Hartfield was the second of three defendants to go to trial in the death of his wife in rural Lamar County. Tabitha Hartfield's body was found May 31, 2008, in a shallow grave deep in the woods of Lamar County.
Natasha Graham of Lumberton was convicted of murder and conspiracy in March. A third person is awaiting trial.


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