Thursday, June 28, 2012
Woman faces murder charge
By SUE WATSON
A Southaven woman is charged with murder after allegedly running over an acquaintance with a vehicle on Highway 72 Friday, sheriff Kenny Dickerson said.
Karen Lee Farr, 42, is being held under a $1 million bond set by justice court judge Mae Garrison, he said.
Dispatch received a call around 3 p.m. of a vehicle accident with a pedestrian being struck near the state line. The caller said a woman exited the scene and began walking toward the American Inn motel. Medical personnel, already in the area, arrived to find a man laying in the bed of a red Ford Ranger pickup.
Coroner James Richard Anderson was called and pronounced the victim, Ronnie Howard Perry, 48, of West 1st Street, Byhalia, dead on the scene.
Shortly afterward, officers located the suspect and driver of the pickup in a hotel room, Dickerson said.
Farr, of the 900 block of Torbrook Cove, Southaven, was taken into custody and later charged with murder.
Dickerson said the couple had been in a dispute and the victim had left and was walking along the highway when the suspect allegedly ran him down. His body became airborne and went over the pickup, landing in the truck bed.
The suspect’s pickup also hit another vehicle in the intersection of Jonathan Drive and Highway 72, where the suspect left the truck and returned to the motel, he said.
The driver of the vehicle was not injured, he said.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has sent a team to assist in the investigation and to attempt to reconstruct the events leading up to the incident, the sheriff said.
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