The Clarion-Ledger, 12/15/8

The Jackson City Council plan to vote again on Tuesday whether to give Mayor Frank Melton’s two former police bodyguards thousands of dollars to pay their attorney fees from a 2007 state trial.

The proposal follows an unsuccessful attempt in October by Council members Kenneth Stokes and Frank Bluntson to help Michael Recio, Marcus Wright and Melton.

Stokes and Bluntson had asked the City Council to give $125,000 to Melton for attorney fees and $15,000 for both Wright and Recio. They now have submitted a plan that does not include Melton’s fees, only $30,000 for Wright’s attorney fees and $20,000 for Recio’s attorney fees.

All three were acquitted in 2007 in Hinds County Circuit Court on state charges related to their alleged roles in damaging a duplex on Ridgeway Street on Aug. 26, 2006.