James Crawford of Talco will be tried Capital Murder in Franklin County in June of this year according to the office of Eighth Judicial District Attorney Will Ramsay. Crawford will not face the death penalty but if convicted will face up to a life sentence without parole.
Working on a tip, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department arrested 21-year old James Crawford of Talco for a capital murder in Mt. Vernon in September, 2015. The suspect was arrested in an apartment in Marshall. Crawford is accused of the murder of 75-year old Kenneth Raley of Mt. Vernon. The body of Raley was found in his Miller Street home. Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones said it was obvious foul play had occurred. The home had also been burglarized.