Purvis, Mississippi – 15th Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that on April 14, 2022, after a four day trial, Norman Andrew Whiddon, age 42, was found guilty by a Lamar County Jury of first degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and felony eluding of law enforcement. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Kim Harlin and Lauren Harless.
Whiddon will be sentenced on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in Purvis, MS. Whiddon will be sentenced to life imprisonment for first degree murder, up to twenty (20) years for aggravated assault, up to thirty (30) years for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and up to five (5) years for felony eluding of law enforcement. All totaled, Whiddon could be sentenced to life imprisonment plus fifty-five (55) years.
District Attorney Hal Kittrell states that “Whiddon went on a meth fueled rampage the night this happened, killing Jamie Herrin, shooting and seriously injuring April Robb, leading law enforcement officers on a high speed pursuit through Purvis and ultimately crashing his vehicle into Purvis Police Officer Rob England, who also suffered serious bodily injury. These were horrific crimes that terrorized many people that night. We greatly appreciate the work of the Lamar County Sherriff’s Department on this case and the perseverance of the victims and witnesses. We will not tolerate this behavior in Lamar County.”