Authorities say it’ll be at least Friday before a Greenwood man suspected of killing a 48-year-old mother Tuesday night may be charged with murder.

Angela McDowell


Deputy Police Chief Marvin Hammond said Thursday that police were still waiting on a judge and the District Attorney’s Office to review the case before police press charges against the 50-year-old former boyfriend of Angela McDowell in connection with her


A mother of two children and grandmother of two granddaughters, McDowell was shot multiple times at her residence on the 800 block of Martin Street Tuesday night, according to police.

She was transported to Greenwood Leflore Hospital, where she later died.

Officers arrested the former boyfriend outside the house. The suspect did not have a weapon on him, but police did retrieve a gun inside the home, Hammond said.

The suspect had allegedly forced himself inside the McDowell residence at gunpoint and held four members of McDowell’s family — believed to be her two kids and two granddaughters —  inside a bathroom until McDowell showed up.

When McDowell did arrive, the suspect shot at her multiple times, Hammond said.  None of the hostages were harmed.

Police are still trying to determine the motive and why the suspect involved members of McDowell’s family, Hammond said.

McDowell’s death is the 20th homicide in Leflore County this year. All but one of the homicides have involved guns.

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