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Suspect charged in Yazoo County murder is also suspected of killing his accomplice

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Tommy White (Photo courtesy YCSO)

Yazoo County authorities have a suspect in custody for the murder of Phillip Dunn.

Tommy White Jr., 38, has been charged with Dunn’s murder, reports the Yazoo Herald. White is also suspected of killing his accomplice.

Phillip Dunn (Photo courtesy YCSO)

A fisherman found Dunn’s body in the Big Black River entangled in tree limbs on March 29, near Highway 16 in Yazoo County. He appears to have been shot multiple times, according to Yazoo County Sheriff Jake Sheriff.

Dunn, 36, had been missing since Feb. 11 when his abandoned car was found on Highway 49 in Yazoo County, Sheriff’s Investigator Terry Gann told WAPT. Blood was found in the car, Gann said.

White is also a suspect in the death of Marcus Journigan, 36, whose body was found in Jackson on Feb. 13, also shot several times. Journigan was a suspected accomplice in Dunn’s murder.

Yazoo County had issued warrants for both White and Journigan in Dunn’s disappearance when Journigan’s body was found in Jackson.

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Man transported to UMMC after being shot in head

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Update/correction:

The Vicksburg Police Department said in a release Saturday morning that the victim was stopped because he was speeding, not that he flagged down police.

VPD states the victim was a 17-year-old male from Edwards, Mississippi, and that the shooting occurred at a party in Raymond, Mississippi, from where he drove himself to Vicksburg.

Original story:

Vicksburg Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning.

At around 2:33 a.m., a shooting victim flagged down Vicksburg Police Officer Brad Lyons at Clay Street and Mission 66 near the Walgreens.

Officer Lyons requested emergency medical response from the Vicksburg Fire Department, indicating the victim had been shot in the head.

The victim told investigators that the shooting occurred in Hinds County. The vehicle that the victim was riding in has Hinds County registration and tags.

Investigators are communicating with Hinds County authorities in hopes of locating the incident scene and determining if the vehicle needs to be held as potential evidence.

The victim has been transported to Merit Health River Region from where he will be airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Mississippi football player accused of statutory rape

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La’Monte Kelly (photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)

La’Monte Kelly, 21, a Southwest Mississippi Community College football player, has been arrested after being accused of having sexual relations with an 11-year-old girl.

McComb, Mississippi, law enforcement arrested Kelly Wednesday after the parents of the child made the complaint, charging him with statutory rape. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Kelly also has a hold placed on him from Jefferson County where he faces a charge of solicitation of child pornography.

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Columbus woman arrested for possessing meth

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Amanda O'Callaghan (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a Columbus, Mississippi, woman Thursday in connection with an incident from September.

Amanda O’Callaghan, 49, was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

On Sept. 4, Vicksburg police officers responded to a call about a suspicious person in the Ameristar Casino parking lot. Officers found what they suspected to be a controlled substance in O’Callaghan’s possession and sent the substance to the Mississippi Crime Lab for testing. The arrest occurred after police received the results and issued a warrant for her arrest.

O’Callaghan appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court before Judge Angela Carpenter Wednesday. Carpenter set her bond at $5,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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