Molly Minta

Molly Minta

Molly Minta, a Florida native, covers higher education for Mississippi Today. She works in partnership with Open Campus, a nonprofit news organization focused on higher education. Prior to joining Mississippi Today, Molly worked for The Nation, The Appeal, and Mother Jones.

The Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford, Mississippi.

Prosecutor: ‘Nothing’s happened’ in murder case of Ole Miss LGBTQ+ student

By: - February 27, 2023

OXFORD, Mississippi – A Lafayette County prosecutor said that “nothing’s happened” in the case involving the slaying of well-known Black, LGBTQ+ student Jimmie “Jay” Lee since the Ole Miss student charged with his murder was released on bond last year. Sheldon Timothy Herrington Jr., was scheduled for arraignment Monday at the Lafayette County Courthouse but […]

After Ole Miss student’s killing, many LGBTQ students no longer feel safe

By: - August 8, 2022

Eleven LGBTQ students, faculty and alumni told Mississippi Today they now fear for the community’s safety in Oxford, a town known for being more inclusive than most in Mississippi. Many also worry that Lee’s killing will lead community members, seeking safety from violence and harassment, to conceal their sexuality or gender identity.