Assault victim dies but no new charges coming

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 28, 2003

A man serving 10 years will face no more charges though the woman he pleaded guilty to assaulting died Wednesday.

Patricia Lynn Rabb was a patient at Vicksburg Convalescent Home until her death. She was 32. Rabb was injured when she was thrown off a 25-foot cliff along U.S. 61 North on July 21, 2001.

Edward Darri Wells, 31, of Natchez, who was accused of beating Rabb before throwing her off the cliff, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in Warren County. He is serving 10 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, including five on the Warren County charge and five on an Adams County conviction for robbery, MDOC records show.

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Assistant Warren County District Attorney John Bullard said Rabb was consulted before Wells’ plea was accepted. “She understood that, and gave a statement to the court that that’s what she wanted,” Bullard said.

Wells was arrested in Natchez June 8, 2002, after eluding Warren County authorities for more than 11 months. He was on probation for the robbery charge when he was captured.

Also in June 2001, local authorities discovered that Wells was wanted for Randall County, Texas, charges. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office there said three cases remain pending against Wells, one each for aggravated assault, possession of crystal methamphetamine and theft.

Services for Rabb, a former sales clerk, were held Friday in Bougere, La., under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.