Others knew of Cochran video before it was made

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says people other than those charged so far knew beforehand that Clayton Kelly was working on a hit piece video against U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, but they are not the focus of the ongoing investigation.

“Just the knowledge of it is not a crime,” said Guest, who would not identify others who knew of the video beforehand. He said investigators are focused on who aided Kelly in taking photos of Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home room.

Guest said, “There is definitely a potential that others could be charged in this matter, but at this point I’m being very careful on making comments about possible further arrests.

“It is clear there were individuals other than those charged who were aware a video was being made and would be published as part of an ongoing Senate campaign,” Guest said. “The crime is not a video hit piece. The crime is in going into the room of Rose Cochran and taking photos. Who knew what and when they knew it, that is irrelevant as far as (the investigation) is concerned.”

Clarion Ledger
5/27/14