Thursday, March 29, 2012
Murder suspect in custody
By SUE WATSON
In a joint investigation between the Holly Springs Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, two suspects were arrested and one charged with the murder of DeMarcus Nevels, according to chief James Dean and sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
One of the suspects is being treated as a person of great interest, while Deundra House, 31, of 185 West Woodward Avenue, in Holly Springs, was arrested and charged with the murder of Nevels, they said.
Authorities believe the murder in the early morning March 18 was a result of an altercation between the two men in the Martin Luther King Drive area on Saturday night, March 17.
“It appears, according to the facts gathered and evidence in the case, that House and Nevels had an altercation in the area earlier in the night prior to the victim’s death,” Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said. “It is alleged that during the altercation, Nevels pulled a firearm on House. House later went to his vehicle and was riding around looking for Nevels and later found the victim sitting in his car at a parking lot not far from where the altercation occurred.”
House is alleged to have fired numerous shots from a handgun into Nevels’ car with two or more rounds striking Nevels and killing him as he sat behind the steering wheel, Dickerson said.
Dean said there was a firearm between the victim’s legs in the car after the shooting that is thought to have belonged to Nevels.
Numerous casings were recovered by authorities at the murder scene as the crime was investigated by officers with the police department and sheriff’s office. An intensive search for the murder weapon in an area where it was believed to have been discarded was unsuccessful, Dickerson said.
Municipal court judge Eugene Brown set House’s bail at $1 million Monday afternoon, according to police. A preliminary hearing in county justice court is set for April 5 at 9 a.m.
Dean thanked the search team that worked hard to locate the weapon used in the shooting.
A person of interest not directly involved in the shooting was in custody Monday and will be appearing before a probation officer, the sheriff said.
“The solving of this homicide, as well as others in the past, is the end result of many long hours of work, cooperating members of the public, and law enforcement agencies working together to get the job done,” Dickerson said.
“The quick resolution of this case would not have happened without the assistance of the sheriff’s office,” Dean said. “Working together is one of the more important mandates I had coming here and it is good to see that relationship coming together.”
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