Police: Man found dead after Greenville fire was shot to death

May 24, 2012 in News, Statewide News

News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Body found near construction company

Greenville police say a man was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound after firefighters extinguished a blaze Sunday.

Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Merchant told the Delta Democrat Times that the fire occurred along Mississippi Highway 1 near Lacey Construction on May 20.

Merchant did not release the name of the victim but said the man’s body was taken to Jackson for an autopsy.

Merchant says a preliminary report shows the victim died from an apparent gunshot.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

Police make arrest in Twitter site case

A Starkville man has been arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer after Starkville police said he had established a fake account on the social media site Twitter.

The Commercial Dispatch reports William Koal McMillan, 19, was arrested on Friday after police said they earlier found the account claiming to be “the official Twitter page of the Starkville Police Department.”

Detectives said they traced the account through his computer’s internet protocol address.

McMillan was released on bond.

Officers said McMillan told them he created the account as part of a research project for a college class.

Although he never identified himself as a Starkville police officer on the Twitter page, McMillan used the official Starkville officers’ shoulder patch as a profile photo and claimed the page was the department’s “official” page, police said.

McComb moves ahead with ball field plans

With a new ball field at the McComb Sports Park nearing completion, city recreation director Joseph Parker is anxious to get to work on the park’s fourth and final field.

The Enterprise-Journal reports he told selectmen that completion of the third field is expected in mid-June, and softball tournaments are scheduled for the end of the month.

The field’s projected cost was $177,000. However, Stewart Environmental of Tupelo bid $127,000 after the recreation department removed items it will handle, such as fencing, bleachers and basements.

Parker asked the board to consider proceeding with the fourth field next summer.

Man wrongfully imprisoned gets $195K settlement

A man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 12 years is getting a $195,000 settlement from the city of Jackson.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that Cedric Willis sued the city and four police officers, alleging that their misconduct led to his arrest and conviction for a crime he did not commit. He was convicted in 1997 of homicide and three counts of armed robbery, but later was exonerated by DNA evidence.

The Jackson City Council unanimously approved the settlement at the advice of the city’s attorneys.

The state previously awarded him $500,000 in restitution, to be paid out over 10 years. Willis was seeking $36 million.

Humphreys sentenced after guilty plea in 2010 murder

A Greenville man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in a 2010 fatal shooting.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson says Byron Humphreys pleaded guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery in the May 26, 2010, shooting death of James Kelly Mays.

Police say Mays was shot to death on a city street during a drug deal that went sour.

Another man charged with capital murder in the case, Joel Brown, is also scheduled to stand trial.