A man who lived in the Bogue Homa Community of Jones County has been indicted for the murder of his girlfriend.
Stuart Brian Nickey, 33, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker on Tuesday for his initial appearance and arraignment. He is accused of beating to death his girlfriend, Cassidy Shoemake, by striking her in the head and face on July 1. No other details were available.
His trial was set for Nov. 21 in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg before Judge Keith Starrett.
The investigation was handled by Choctaw police and the trial is in federal court because the crime occurred on a Choctaw Indian Reservation. Both the defendant and the victim are Choctaw Indians.
Nickey is being charged with second-degree murder.
The prosecution of Nickey is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Carla J. Clark, agents with the FBI and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Department of Public Safety.
An indictment is an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, according to a press release from the U.S. District Court.