Trial postponed for McNeil in Meridian teenager’s death

Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A former boxer charged with murder in the slaying of 17-year-old Cedric Chambliss of Meridian has been freed on bond while he awaits a new court date.

Clint McNeil was arrested in March 2005 in the death of Chambliss, who was found dead in a car in Clarke County earlier that year.

Because of several delays, including a change of venue, the trial has yet to take place. The latest delay of the trial came this past week, said Lauderdale County District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell.

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Mitchell said new information submitted by McNeil’s defense attorney resulted in a postponement.

“There has been a continuance granted in this case,” Mitchell said Monday.

Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Robert Bailey reduced McNeil’s bond to $50,000, which McNeil posted. He was released Monday from the Clarke County jail. McNeil had been held without bond since his arrest. He is expected to be back in court on Aug. 27, said assistant district attorney Lisa Howell.

Chambliss’ body was found Jan. 3, 2005, on U.S. 11 in Clarke County near the Lauderdale County line in a car that belonged to his sister. He had been shot once in the head.

McNeil, 28, of Meridian, lost a unanimous 10-round decision in July 2004 to Hector “Macho” Camacho in a middleweight bout. Camacho is a former super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight champion. McNeil had a 16-5 record with nine knockouts before the fight with Camacho.

McNeil’s brother, David Bradley McNeil, 29, of Meridian, and Regina Arlene Johnson, 36, of Quitman, have each been charged with accessory after the fact of murder. No trial dates have been announced for them.