Man pleads not guilty to capital murder in dice game gone bad


A Neshoba County man on Monday pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges in a 2019 incident where a dice game apparently went bad.

Marcello Young pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the May 11, 2019, murder of Kelsey Ingram in what was believed to have been the result of a dice game gone bad at a mobile home on County Road 737.

Young had earlier been charged with first-degree murder in that case. District Attorney Steven Kilgore said additional evidence turned up that allowed the charge to be upgraded to capital murder.

Young was also arraigned on the charge of tampering with a witness. A not-guilty plea was also entered.

During the arraignment, Young repeatedly objected to being arraigned at that time. He said he had hired an attorney and wanted his counsel there, not the attorney who was standing in.

Young argued repeatedly. Judge Mark Duncan advised him to be quiet and listen, and finally said, “Don’t speak anymore.” 

“He has a private attorney who wasn’t there, but this was a standard procedure,” Kilgore said. “The indictment was read to him.

The judge entered a not guilty plea for him. Nothing really happens at this point. You just have to arraign them in a certain amount of time after serving them with their indictment.”

After his two guilty pleas were entered, Young continued to mutter as he left the courtroom.

In 2018, Young was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon or other means to produce death, burglary – breaking an inner door of a dwelling house at night.

This was one of two separate capital murder cases from Neshoba County were defendants were arraigned Monday in Carthage with Judge Duncan presiding.

Circuit court is currently in session in Carthage. Another man pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday.

There has been an August term of the grand jury in Neshoba County. Defendants are being taken over to go before a judge after they have been served with their indictment.

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