Thursday, September 11, 2008
Man killed; one suspect on loose
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs police are combing the community for Eddie Isom, one suspect still at large in a killing Sunday evening about 10:15 p.m. at 15 Shadow Lane, according to chief Robert Pearson.
Isom, 29, of the Neely Avenue area in Holly Springs, is considered armed and dangerous, he said.
Two other suspects, Cordett Isom, age 20, also of the Neely Avenue area, and Kevin Richardson, 18, of the Chesterman Street area, have been taken into custody, charged with murder, Pearson said.
The victim, James Lockett, 32, of 15 Shadow Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene by county coroner James R. Anderson at 11:10 p.m. He said the manner of death was a single handgun wound to the right temple area of the head. The coroner said Lockett’s body, which was lying face down behind the house, was sent to Jackson for an autopsy. Anderson said this is the second homicide of the year for the Marshall County area. Earlier in the year, a Byhalia student was shot dead in his home.
Pearson said he believes the motive for the killing of Lockett was money owed to one of the suspects.
Statements given to police by Lockett’s sister provided some of what police have gathered so far in the ongoing investigation of the murder.
“Lockett was in his sister’s car with her child when they arrived at his house on Shadow Lane at 10:10 p.m. The sister was dropping her brother off at his carport. As they entered the carport three masked suspects came out of the house, two of whom were holding handguns,” Pearson said. “The suspects had ransacked the house and came out and told Lockett and his sister to go to the rear of the house. The sister said her child was crying in the car and they let her go. Meanwhile, her brother went behind the house with the suspects and she heard a gunshot.”
After the shooting, Cordett and Eddie Isom fled on foot to a car waiting on Murry Street, but Cordett Isom, alone, drove away in the car, Pearson said. Eddie Isom left on foot. The third suspect, Richardson, also left the scene on foot.
Officer Michael Wilson, patrolling in the area, noticed a vehicle speeding and took pursuit, but almost simultaneously heard over his squad car radio that a shooting had occurred at Shadow Lane. Thinking that the speeding vehicle could be connected with the shooting call, Wilson followed Cordett Isom in his vehicle and turned on his blue lights, Pearson said. Cordett Isom proceeded at a high rate of speed through the city. The chase ended, the chief said, when Isom wrecked the black Nissan Maxima he was driving on a light pole on Cottrell Avenue near Luton Cove in the East Salem Avenue area.
Cordett Isom and officer Wilson got out of their cars. The suspect had a gun in his hand. Wilson ordered the suspect to drop the weapon and Cordett Isom tossed it into the bushes. The handgun was later recovered after Cordett Isom was arrested and taken into custody, Pearson said.
Richardson was apprehended Monday, Sept. 8, at about 10:45 a.m. in the south Craft Street area near a service station. That’s where police officers pulled over a vehicle in which the suspect was riding, surrounded the vehicle and made the arrest, Pearson said.
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