Former KTRE CEO dies

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A city spokeswoman says the indicted mayor of Mississippi's capital and largest city has died less than two days after he lost his bid for a second term in office.

Jackson spokeswoman Goldia Revies says the former KTRE CEO Frank Melton died peacefully early today. His wife was by his side at the hospital where he was taken by ambulance from his home Tuesday night.

The former Tyler, Texas, television station executive had a history of serious heart problems.

Unofficial results show Melton placed fourth in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Only the top two candidates moved on to a runoff.

The 60-year-old mayor and a former bodyguard had faced a second trial beginning next week on federal civil rights charges in a vigilante-style raid on a duplex he considered a crackhouse.

Melton came to Mississippi from Tyler, Texas, in the 1980s to run a Jackson television station. His wife is a pediatrician, and she and his two children stayed behind in Texas, prompting rumors about his personal life. Melton brushed aside criticism, and did things his own, sometimes unusual way.