December 2008: Fannings's
James Arthur Fannings Jr., convicted of Stacey's murder in December of
2006, and sentenced to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole,
recently brought an appeal of his conviction to the Bolivar County
Circuit Court; Hon. Robert William Elliot presiding. A jury deliberated
on the six issues he raised in his appeal and, on December 16, 2008,
they found that no reversible errors had been committed and affirmed
both the conviction and the sentencing of Mr. Fannings.
Mr. Fannings will remain in the custody of the Mississippi Department
of Corrections (MDOC) to carry out the extent of his life sentence.
December 04, 2006: From The Bolivar Commercial website: "Fannings
found guilty of murder.
Family to continue search for
The news article is included in its entirety on the page "Murder Investigation."
A Special Message
Hello, this is Stacey's mom.
I would like to thank everyone for everything that
they have done, with sending letters, cards, emails, donations, and all
the support we have received from family, friends, coworkers, and
We feel so lost without Stacey. It is so hard to do
anything anymore. Losing a child is something you never should have to
go through. You only want the best for your children. Now we can never
hear her laugh, talk to her on the phone, give her a hug, tell her we
love her, or worst of all see her again. We miss seeing her drive up in
her blazer that she loved so much. We miss her so much it hurts every
day, every moment. She was such a loving and full-of-life, young,
beautiful girl, who would help anyone; and now she is gone. We can never
finish filling her photo album with pictures; we now only have articles
of what has horribly happened to her life, how she was taken from all of
us by some predator that doesn't deserve to exist. We are thankful that
we at least got justice for her. He can never hurt anyone
Help us keep up the support and thoughts of Stacey.
She is never to be forgotten. Our search WILL continue until she is
found and brought back home.
January 2008: Texas EquuSearch is still awaiting permission to
perform a search in the area where Stacey is believed to be buried.
Access has been denied for several months because the current owner
is selling the land. That sale is now pending and should be
completed within the next three months. The new owners have so far
indicated that they would have no problem with a search effort, and
Stacey's family is much heartened by this news. It has been a long and
difficult wait for them. Texas EquuSearch is ready to mobilize the moment
permission has been officially granted to do a controlled burn and detailed
search of the area. Let's hope that happens soon. Please keep praying
and showing your support to the family for the discovery and return of
July 2007: Texas EquuSearch is hoping to travel again soon to Mississippi
to search for Stacey. Their last endeavors met with no success,
unfortunately. They are hoping to burn the brush in the area where
Stacey's body is reported to be, so that their search is much easier.
They will also be searching the Hushpuckena River for any evidence
regarding Stacey's burial site.
The Bolivar County Sheriffs Department are working
together with Texas EquuSearch and Stacey's parents to locate Stacey's
Stacey's family would like to most sincerely thank Texas Equusearch
the Bolivar County Sheriffs Department for all their aid.
The family's gratitude cannot be properly expressed with words, for the
gift of this assistance transcends the usual. These organizations and
the people affiliated with them are all angels. God bless you.
To learn more about Texas Equusearch, visit (www.texasequusearch.org).
Please continue to show your support for Stacey's family during this
coming ordeal via email or in the form of donations. The search for
Stacey is very expensive and any help you can give toward that effort
will be greatly appreciated.