James Cobb Hutto, 41, of Jasper, still faces a murder charge in Birmingham for the September 2010 death of his 68-year-old great aunt, Virginia “Faye” Reardon of Birmingham. Reardon’s body was found in the bedroom of her eastern Birmingham home on Sept. 16, 2010.
Mississippi News Now reported Tuesday that the jury took less than an hour to decide Hutto deserved to die for the brutal slaying of 81-year-old Ethel Simpson, also in 2010. Simpson’s body was found Sept. 17, 2010 on a hog farm in Edwards, Miss., several days after she was last seen with Hutto. He was in Simpson’s Mercedes when he was arrested Sept. 17 in Lee County after an attack in which authorities say he repeatedly stabbed a man at a convenience store.
Hutto was convicted of Simpson’s murder on Saturday. During his trial, there were repeated outbursts from Hutto that led to his dismissal from the courtroom.
Apparently Hutto lashed out again Tuesday. Mississippi News Now reported that Hutto asked the judge if he could be dismissed to his cell rather than sit in the court room. When the judge refused, Hutton intentionally flipped his middle finger toward the prosecutor and shouted “(expletive) you.”
Officials in Mississippi and Alabama agreed in 2010 to let Hutto face trial first in Hinds County, Miss. The agreement stipulated that Hutto would be returned to Alabama for trial once the case in Mississippi was over.
Birmingham police said today that decision will be left up to Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls. Efforts to immediately reach Falls for comment were unsuccessful.