Bonds set in two Hattiesburg slayings over New Year’s weekend

Theopolis Schaffer (left) and Joe Michael Shaw Jr. (Hattiesburg American)
Theopolis Schaffer (left) and Joe Michael Shaw Jr. (Hattiesburg American)

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Bond has been set for two suspects charged in connection with the unrelated deaths of two Hattiesburg women over the New Year’s weekend.

During a court appearance Monday, The Hattiesburg American reports Municipal Court Judge Jerry Evans set bond at $1 million each for 64-year-old Theopolis Schaffer and 34-year-old Joe Michael Shaw Jr.

Schaffer is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Anna Griffith, who was shot around 11 p.m. Friday at an apartment complex.

Police say the shooting was the result of an apparent domestic dispute.

Shaw faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Ladner, who was found dead Saturday afternoon.

Police say Shaw was Ladner’s boyfriend.

Online jail records do not list attorneys for Schaffer or Shaw.

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