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Springs Sex Offender Accused In Mississippi Officer’s Death

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GRENADA, Miss. (AP) – A new trial date is pending for two men charged with capital murder in the death of a Grenada police officer during a high speed pursuit last October.

The two men, including a convicted sex offender from Colorado, have been charged with capital murder in a high-speed crash that killed Grenada Police Capt. John Wayne Haddock.

Twenty-year-old Kyle David Wendt, of Colorado Springs who has a record as a sex offender in that state, and 40-year-old Thomas Leland Lee, a New Orleans native, are being held without bond.

They were to be tried Jan. 30 but the trial was continued. No new date has been announced.

Authorities say Wendt was the driver of the car being pursued by law enforcement officers for a church burglary. Investigators say the car the men were traveling in had been stolen from Tennessee.

Haddock was hit when he was putting out spike strips to pop the tires of the car. Haddock died at the scene on Mississippi Highway 8 near the intersection of Interstate 55.

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