Thursday, November 29, 2007
Murder suspect returned to county
A Lexington, Tenn., man wanted on capital murder charges in a death that took place in Marshall County was extradited back to the county last week, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Barry Hullett, 26, of 65 Montgomery Way, Lexington, was returned to the county after a formal court hearing in Tennessee April 21, Dickerson said.
The suspect and his cousin, Marcus Dashun Hullett, 21, of 1074 Bubba Taylor Road in the Byhalia area, are charged with capital murder in the death of Joe Beale, formerly of Lexington.
Beale’s remains were found in a burned-out Chevrolet on Mt. Carmel Road by a hunter November 3. The vehicle had been doused with gasoline and was in ashes when discovered.
Beale’s remains were taken to the state medical examiner’s office and later positively identified using DNA evidence. Beale was believed to be a potential victim since he was reported missing by Lexington authorities as the investigation gained momentum.
Numerous agencies helped Marshall County sheriff’s investigators in an intense search for suspects, evidence and the identity of the victim. These included agents with the U.S. Marshals in Mississippi and Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Highway Patrol criminal investigation unit, and authorities in Lexington.
A third suspect was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder and with obstruction of justice. A rifle and spent shell casings believed to have been used in the murder/robbery/arson incident were also recovered and believed to have been used to kill Beale before his corpse was taken to Mt. Carmel Road and burned in the back seat of the Chevrolet in which he is believed to have arrived from Lexington.
Experts in vehicle identification were able to determine that the burned-out Chevrolet was registered in Lexington.
Dickerson said both suspects are being held without bond in the Marshall County jail awaiting the next convening of a grand jury in early 2008.
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