One man has been charged with murder in connection with Greenwood’s first homicide of the year.

Tyler Alexander Course, a 25-year-old from Ridgeland, was charged Thursday afternoon in the killing of 25-year-old Kentrez Duncan of Greenwood, Police Chief Ray Moore said.

Course was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Course is being held in the Leflore County Jail, where bond for possession of a firearm by a felon was set at $15,000 and a bond for possession of a stolen firearm was set at $10,000. However, because Course is being kept on a murder charge, he cannot get out on bond, Moore said.

The homicide occurred early  Jan. 12 at the Curtis-Moore Apartments, 700 E. Martin Luther King Drive.

Police, alerted by phone about gunfire, found Duncan sprawled out on the pavement of the complex, unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics. Two handguns were recovered at the scene of the crime. Multiple vehicles had bullet holes. Moore said police are investigating whether the guns are connected to Course.

During that same early morning, police also responded  to a phone call from Greenwood Leflore Hospital about a man who had been shot in the face. The man at the hospital was Course, who was at the same apartment complex as Duncan at about the same time.

He refused to identify who shot him or describe what happened at the apartment complex, Moore said.

Course was brought into custody by his family, Moore said.

Moore said there are several unanswered questions in the case. “We’re still trying to establish exactly what the motive was,” he said.

Presumably, however, the gunfire may have been the result of a fight, Moore said.

“It’s just sad that this had to come to this. I don’t know what the altercation was about, but it could have been handled without someone losing their life.”

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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