Thursday, November 30, 2006
Argument turns to murder, police say
By SUE WATSON
Lee Anthony Snow, 24, of Byhalia, was shot in the head and died on the scene in front of a convenience store in Holly Springs around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Robert Pearson, chief of police.
A suspect has been charged with murder and felony possession of a firearm, he said.
The suspect, Ezell Hardin, 29, a resident of West Woodward Avenue in Holly Springs, was arrested by officers who pursued his vehicle to his residence, Pearson said. Hardin, the only person charged in the incident, is in the Marshall County jail with no bail set as of noon Monday.
Pearson said Snow and Hardin had been arguing in a night club located in the alley off Memphis Street, according to witnesses, prior to the unfolding of the incident.
The suspect and passengers left the club first and went to a convenience store on North Memphis Street to get something to eat, he said, and Snow and other passengers arrived there shortly thereafter.
Witnesses told police the group with the victim went into the store and the argument continued inside until the arguing parties were asked to leave the store.
Hardin allegedly pulled a gun on the victim and Snow was left dead between the gas pumps with a gunshot wound to the head, Pearson said.
Officers dispatched to the scene by 9-1-1 quickly obtained information and descriptions of the male subjects and the vehicle the suspect was driving, he said.
An officer returning from another call heard the description of the vehicle and spotted it in the area of North Memphis Street and Martin Luther King Drive, according to police. The officer reported the direction of travel and stated the driver was moving at a high rate of speed.
Pearson said officers pursued the vehicle driven by Hardin to his residence on West Woodward Avenue, apprehended the suspect and recovered a weapon believed to have been the weapon used in the shooting.
A passenger, a male from Olive Branch, riding in the vehicle with Hardin has not been charged although both Hardin and the passenger were transported to the county jail for processing.
The incident is still under investigation.
In addition to the homicide that occurred Sunday, the police department responded to 12 incident calls - one trespassing; one DUI; six simple assaults; one disturbing the peace; one petit larceny; one breaking and entering of a vehicle; and one harassment.
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