Thursday, January 20, 2011
Two murdered on Memphis St.
By SUE WATSON
The shooting death of two people Sunday before midnight at a house on North Memphis Street has resulted in the arrest of a suspect, the brother of one of the victims, according to police chief Robert Pearson.
He said he thinks the two murders in Holly Springs occurred between 10 p.m. and 10:50 p.m.
The victims, Octavia Crumb, 24, and her fiance Darrell Finley, 28, both of 150 North Memphis Street, were dead on the scene when police arrived.
Octavia Crumb’s brother, Justin Crumb, 22, of the same address, was arrested, the chief said, and he will be charged with two counts of murder. He awaits arraignment in municipal court Thursday, Pearson said.
The chief said the suspect turned himself in to Officer Perkins, who was at the Holly Springs Fire Department, some time after the shooting took place.
Finley was shot multiple times and Octavia Crumb sustained one shot to the chest area, Pearson said.
A possible murder weapon was found on top of a building near the house, Pearson said. He declined to speculate about the motive of the shootings, saying the investigation by his department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is ongoing.
Two children of the deceased couple, a 4-year-old and a baby under one month old, have been turned over to the custody of relatives, he said. The children, in the house at the time of the shooting, were not injured.
Octavia Crumb was a mass communications major at Rust College, according to Sy Oliver, chair of the Humanities Division. He said she was to have graduated in April.
“She was a wonderful student, a very talented and gifted student – analytical and thoughtful,” Oliver said. “She wanted to make a contribution to the community and to live out her mother’s dream – a very good student.”
Marshall County sheriff’s deputies assisted police in collecting crime scene evidence and in securing the crime scene, sheriff Kenny Dickerson said.
“When our deputies arrived, the suspect had already been transported to the Marshall County jail for detention,” said Maj. Kelly McMillan with the sheriff’s department.
Dickerson said his department is always ready to help anytime another agency requests assistance during investigations.
In a separate incident, a 17-year-old male was arrested Saturday and charged with burglaries in the Laws Hill area, according to Dickerson.
Christian C. Bobo, 17, of the 700 block of Laws Hill Road, was taken into custody following an investigation into as many as three burglaries in the area, he said. Several items of stolen property, including some guns taken from homes, were recovered, he said.
Bobo remained in detention in Marshall County jail awaiting an appearance in Justice Court Tuesday in connection with one of the burglaries, the sheriff said. Evidence collected in two other burglaries in the area is expected to be presented to a grand jury.
Dickerson said a homeowner who was returning to his house Saturday in the Laws Hill area found a window broken out and firearms missing. Bobo is believed to have stashed items taken in other burglaries in other locations and is cooperating with investigators, the sheriff said.
Bobo had a previous charge of burglary and was out of jail on house arrest on those charges, Dickerson said. The Mississippi Department of Corrections will be notified, he said.
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