Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Fifteen-year-old in custody in shooting of Byhalia youth
By SUE WATSON
A suspect in the killing of a Byhalia teenager Tuesday has been taken into custody, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson and police chief Gary Looney.
Looney requested assistance from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation. Fifteen-year-old Remill Cortez Mason of 50 White Oak, Byhalia, is in custody at Marshall County jail and being held for the Byhalia Police Department, Dickerson said.
Mason is a suspect in the killing of 17-year-old Terrell Richmond, found dead at his home in Byhalia yesterday afternoon, Dickerson said.
Mason will be treated as an adult case, he said.
A 16-year-old juvenile is in detention at the Corinth Juvenile Detention Center, Dickerson said.
“He was alleged to have been present at the time of the shooting and we have good reason to believe and do believe the 16-year-old had knowledge that the shooting was about to occur,” the sheriff said. “We do anticipate he, too, will be charged with the murder of Terrell Richmond.”
Due to the nature of the crime, under Mississippi law without further court proceedings, Mason will be handled as any adult would be if they had committed the same type crime, Dickerson said.
“Any person 13 years of age or older who commits a crime that, if committed by an adult and upon conviction carries a possible life sentence or more, is treated as an adult within the court system with the circuit court having original jurisdiction,” he said.
“I would anticipate, due to the nature of the crime, Mason will have an initial appearance and go through a bond hearing within the next 24 hours before Byhalia town judge Jim McGarrah.”
A 9 mm handgun was recovered behind a residence in the Byhalia area and is believed by authorities to be the weapon used in the shooting, Dickerson said.
Looney, his investigators and deputies with Marshall County worked tirelessly until about 3 a.m. Wednesday doing a thorough crime scene investigation and finalizing the facts of the case, Dickerson said.
The end results with Byhalia and Marshall County officers working together had a positive impact in solving this case overnight, he said.
Looney expressed appreciation for the cooperation of agencies in the investigation.
“The Byhalia Police Department offers its thanks to sheriff Kenny Dickerson and his team of detectives and deputies for the assistance given to our department in the investigation of the death of Terrell Richmond,” Looney said. “The teamwork between the Byhalia Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation allowed us to accomplish a quick apprehension of the suspects.”
Marshall County investigator Kelly McMillen, deputy Bob Dickerson and other Marshall County officers assisted in the investigation.
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