March 15th, 2012
04:34 AM ET

Video: Victim's family reacts to killer's perks

The man who murdered Tammy Ellis received special favors from the former Miss. governor before the pardon was official.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
March 15th, 2012
03:01 AM ET

Video: Prisoner perks began before pardons

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - Investigative documents obtained by CNN show that former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, his wife and his staff may have given preferential treatment to two of the convicted murderers who were among the more than 200 former and current inmates he pardoned in January.

According to the documents compiled by the office of Mississippi's attorney general, the state's former first lady, Marsha Barbour, apparently called a car dealership regarding the purchase of two vehicles for two convicted murderers - days before they were pardoned. The cars were later delivered to the governor's mansion, two days before the men were released.

CNN has also learned that a member of the governor's staff took the same two men, David Gatlin and Charles Hooker, to get their driver's licenses while they were still in state custody, before their pardons were signed and made official.


March 15th, 2012
12:04 AM ET

Video: Child survives family's slaughter in Syria

In Syria, a rescue operation to retrieve corpses of a massacred family turns up a child who survived. We want to warn that Arwa Damon's report includes scenes that may be disturbing.


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