James Vanlaningham

Gautier man sentenced to life in murder of girlfriend

A Gautier man has pled guilty to murder a year and a half after church members found the burned and decomposed body of his live-in girlfriend. Fifty-seven year-old James Vanlaningham entered the guilty plea Tuesday in Jackson County and was…

Amanda Hicks accused murderer in court

The man accused in the slaying of his missing girlfriend, whose decomposing remains were found behind a church in Jackson County, is due in court today for a bond hearing. Fifty-six year-old James Vanlaningham was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree…

Gautier Woman Missing after Mysterious Fire

Details are still emerging in the investigation of a 37-year-old Gautier woman’s disappearance. Amanda Hicks was last seen on February 8th with her boyfriend, James Vanlaningham, at Santa Maria Trailer Park in Jackson County. Shortly after the couple was last…