Of the 11 homicides that occurred in Leflore County last year, there are five cases in which no suspects have been charged.

Two of those cases are being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department; the other three are being investigated by the Greenwood Police Department.

Deputy Police Chief Marvin Hammond said suspects in two of the city’s cases will be presented to the a grand jury in February for consideration of an indictment.

The county’s 2019 homicide count began in mid-January and concluded with a fatal stabbing Christmas Day. The stabbing was the only one of the 11 killings that did not involve firearms. Six of the homicides occurred within Greenwood’s city limits. The others happened elsewhere in the county.

In these five cases, charges have yet to be pressed.

nThe body of 54-year-old Greenwood resident Walter Stewart Jr. was discovered by a fisherman at Sidon Cutoff Lake, 3 miles southwest of Sidon, on March 12.

Stewart was shot multiple times before his body was dumped into the lake, according to Sheriff Ricky Banks. Stewart had spent a few nights at Regency Inn & Suites motel, along U.S. 82 West, prior to his death.

The case is still being investigated, the sheriff said.

nAntonio Davis, 29, was fatally shot Nov. 25 outside a residence on the 200 block of Noel Street after intervening in a domestic violence dispute between a female cousin of his, who lived on Noel Street, and her boyfriend, police said.  

Ray Moore, Greenwood’s former police chief, said at the time that both Davis and the boyfriend drew their firearms and shot at each other. Police jailed the boyfriend, but he wasn’t charged and later was released pending further investigation.

On Friday, Hammond said that the boyfriend of Davis’ cousin is still the prime suspect and that the case against the boyfriend will be presented in the upcoming session of the grand jury.

nCorey Rondrell McCoy, a 35-year-old Greenwood resident, was  shot at a residence at 210 Ave. H the morning of Oct. 27. McCoy lived on McNeill Street.

Moore said at the time that  three suspects were being held in custody.

Hammond said on Friday that  the case against a 16-year-old  whom police believed to be responsible for the shooting will be taken to the grand jury for a possible indictment.

nJuwan Smith, an 18-year-old Greenwood resident, was killed in the early morning May 8. He was shot twice while inside his sister’s apartment at 2900 Browning Road, which is in the county. Smith died from his injuries at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

The sheriff said Smith’s case is still under investigation.

nDevin Cain, a 31-year-old resident of Greenwood, was fatally shot on Oak Street Nov. 23.

Hammond said the case is still under investigation.

In the remaining six homicide cases, suspects have been charged and are being prosecuted.

nTyler Alexander Course, a 26-year-old from Ridgeland,  was charged by Greenwood police Jan. 17 with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm in connection with the fatal Jan. 12 shooting of Kentrez Duncan, a 25-year-old Greenwood resident. Course was 25 at the time of the shooting.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Curtis Moore Apartments complex. Course bonded out of the Leflore County Jail Jan. 30.

nJordan Lloyd, a 12-year-old Greenwood Middle School student, died March 11 after being shot in the head March 9, allegedly at the hands of 17-year-old Jacquez Wilson, who was 16 at the time of the shooting.

The shooting occurred in the backyard of a home on the 200 block of North Stone Avenue.

Wilson was charged with murder by police and was arraigned March 11 by Leflore County Judge Kevin Adams, who denied Wilson bond.

As of Friday, Wilson was still in the Leflore County Jail.

nVanessa Miller, a 32-year-old resident of Bishop Apartments, on Clay Avenue, was shot in the head and pronounced dead Aug. 1.

The Sheriff’s Department charged Roy Williams Jr., 36, with murder. According to Banks, Williams and Miller were previously in a relationship.

Williams bonded out of jail Oct. 23. He was 35 at the time of the shooting.

nDonald Spells, 40, was shot in the area of McLaurin Street and Roosevelt Avenue on the morning of Nov. 27.

Police arrested James Leahman, 29, in connection with Spells’ death, although he wasn’t officially charged with murder until Dec. 6. As of Friday, Leahman was still in jail.

nCordetrique Xzavion Hill, a 20-year-old student at  Hinds County Community College and resident of George White Circle, was fatally shot Nov. 27 at a trailer park at County Road 512, Lot 21, near Sidon.

Hill was playing video games with Lakenson Bridges, 19, Jakyle Harris, 22, and Curtis Hall Jr., 20, at the trailer park, Banks said at the time.

On Nov. 28, Bridges was charged with murder. He is accused of pulling out a firearm and shooting at Hill several times, Banks said.

Harris, who was 21 at the time of the shooting, and Hall were charged with accessory after the fact to the murder since the men fled the crime scene with Bridges and did not report the crime, Banks had said.

As of Friday, Bridges was still in jail. Harris and Hall bonded out Dec. 3.

nThe Sheriff’s Department charged Janariuis Montreal Street, 23, with murder for the fatal Christmas Day stabbing of Laroy Booker, 42.

Banks had said at the time the two were living at a residence at 2605 Murphree Drive, where the murder took place, and that Street said he acted in self- defense.

As of Friday, Street was still in jail.

No indictments have been filed against Course, Wilson, Williams Jr., Leahman, Bridges, Harris, Hall Jr., or Street, according to Leflore County Circuit Court records and Assistant District Attorney Tim Jones.

The grand jury convenes four times a year — once for each of the year’s four six-week court terms.

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

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