Sen. Cochran may be witness in blogger’s trial

S. Sen. Thad Cochran, Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and state Sen. Melanie Sojourner are among potential witnesses in the trial of a political blogger accused of breaking into the nursing home room of Cochran’s late wife.

Pearl political blogger Clayton Kelly, 29, made national news for shooting video of Cochran’s bedridden wife on Easter Sunday 2014 and using it in a political hit piece against Cochran in last year’s U.S. Senate race. Kelly briefly posted online a video questioning whether Cochran was having an affair with a staffer, whom Cochran recently married, while his wife — who died in December — was languishing.

The trial is set to start Monday, but numerous motions will likely be dealt with first. Kelly faces charges of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy, and more than 50 years in prison if convicted.