Of the nine homicide cases so far this year in Leflore County, involving a total of 10 deaths, there are six cases in which no suspects have been charged.
Four of those six cases are being investigated by the Greenwood Police Department and two by the Sheriff’s Department. All but one of the homicides have involved guns.
The first homicide was a shooting on Avenue I in late January. The most recent homicide, also a fatal shooting, occurred early Wednesday on Amanda Drive in the Browning community.
In these six cases, charges have yet to be pressed:
• Greenwood resident Kenton Johnson, 24, was fatally shot at 622 Ave. I, at the corner of Avenue I and Broad Street, around 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
• On Feb. 25, around 3 p.m., a vehicle filled with four men traveling east on Elzy Road was shot several times.
Two men who were shot were later taken to Greenwood Leflore Hospital. One of them, 20-year-old Doniel Nellum III, a Leflore County resident, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:05 p.m.
The other gunshot victim, whom Sheriff Ricky Banks declined to name, was later taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was released Feb. 27.
• Eric Haslett, 38, was fatally shot in front of his mother’s house on Henderson Street April 25. He was pronounced dead at 11:59 a.m.
• Jy’quavious Williams, 21, and Valdemir Beverly, 22, both of whom were in the Army National Guard, died in separate shootings that occurred within one day of each other earlier this month.
Williams and 23-year-old Juan Robinson were shot at Curtis Moore Apartments along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive around 9:30 p.m. Both men were taken to the Greenwood hospital, where Williams was pronounced dead at 10:34 p.m. Robinson was later taken to a hospital in Jackson.
Beverly was pronounced dead around 12:40 p.m. at the Greenwood hospital after being shot on the 300 block of Jackson Street around noon. nTerrance Dodd, a 38-year-old Kosciusko man, was pronounced dead on Amanda Drive after Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders received a call from the Sheriff’s Department at 2:33 a.m.
In the remaining three homicide cases, suspects have been charged and are being prosecuted:
• Stephen Williams, a 24-year-old Itta Bena resident, was charged March 10 with two counts of capital murder, two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the deaths of Jacquelin Taylor, 49, and Freddie Mask, 58.
Taylor and Mask were fatally shot inside a trailer at a trailer park near the end of Miller Road, in Itta Bena. Their bodies were discovered by the Sheriff’s Department March 16.
According to the sheriff, Taylor and Mask were selling drugs out of the trailer where they lived. Williams went inside the trailer to purchase drugs but instead robbed and shot Taylor and Mask, Banks had said. As of Thursday evening, Williams was still in the Leflore County Jail.
• On April 2, Greenwood police charged Stacy Regular, 45, with capital murder in the death of 29-year-old Labrandon Baugh.
Baugh was beaten with a baseball bat following an altercation at the corner of Main and McGehee streets March 28. He was taken to a hospital in Jackson and was declared brain dead March 30. He was pulled off life support the next day.
According to Bessie Flowers of the Sheriff’s Department, Regular was released from the Leflore County Jail on bond.
• On May 10, Greenwood police charged Tavarus Duncan, 24, with murder in the death of Swanson Outlaw.
Outlaw, 29, was shot at the corner of Jackson and Howard streets before noon May 9.
As of Thursday evening, Duncan remained in the Leflore County Jail.
• Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.