Trial of 1 of 3 men charged in 2013 murder of Natchez liquor store employee delayed

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NATCHEZ, Mississippi — A judge has ordered a mental examination of Kenneth J. Carver Jr., one of three men charged in the 2013 death of a Natchez liquor store employee.

Carver is charged with armed robbery and murder. Carver was indicted by an Adams County grand jury in November. Two other people have been charged in the case but have not been indicted.

The Natchez Democrat reports ( ) Carver's trial was scheduled for this week, but Circuit Court Judge Forrest "Al" Johnson granted a delay.

"He has some history of mental problems, so the court allowed that to proceed," Johnson said. "There was a clear justification for doing that in this case."

Johnson said Tuesday the trial would be rescheduled when the examination is completed.

Natchez police said Tyrone Bernard was ambushed and killed as he was closing up DD's Package Store about 10 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2013.

Police said the assailants were waiting in the alley beside the store for Bernard and rushed him when he exited the store.

Police said Bernard attempted to leave the scene in his car, presumably to get help, but died shortly after getting in his vehicle from a single gunshot wound to the left abdomen.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat,

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