Thursday, July 3, 2008
Suspects arrested in teen’s killing
By SUE WATSON
Two suspects arrested and charged with the murder of 17-year-old Terrell Richmond of Byhalia made an initial appearance in justice court Monday before judge Ernest Cunningham.
A third suspect has been arrested and charged with directing or causing a youth to commit a felony.
Remill Cortez Mason, 15, of 50 White Oak in Byhalia, and Telvin Terrell Campbell, 16, of Highway 309 in Byhalia, are charged with the killing of Richmond at his residence June 24, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson and police chief Gary Looney. They said the victim was shot in the back of the head.
Brydetric S. Richmond, 21, of 5 Green Park Drive in Byhalia, was arrested June 27 and charged with directing or causing a youth to commit a felony, Dickerson said. He is alleged to have sold the firearm, a 9 mm handgun believed to have been used in the killing, to Mason for $65, the sheriff said. Richmond is in the Marshall County jail, held on $50,000 bond.
Mason and Campbell are also in jail, held without bond and awaiting a bond hearing before a circuit court judge, scheduled for next week.
“I strongly believe the district attorney and county attorney will ask the court to hold the two charged with murder without bond, due to the serious nature of the offense,” the sheriff said.
“Campbell 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.”
Due to the nature of the crime, under Mississippi law without further court proceedings, Mason and Campbell will be charged 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.
Dickerson said Looney called his office for investigative assistance as well as crime investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Looney, his investigators and deputies with Marshall County worked tirelessly until about 3 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 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 Highway Patrol, criminal division, 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.
The funeral service and burial for Terrell Richmond were held Tuesday of this week at St. Paul Baptist Church in Byhalia. He was a student at Byhalia High School.
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