Thursday, May 15, 2014
Three murders last week in county
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating three murders that took place last week according to Maj. Kelly McMillen.
A suspect was arrested Wednesday, May 7, in connection with a stabbing death May 6, he said.
No suspects have been identified in the murder of two men found in a vehicle on Smith Grove Road Saturday morning.
In each incident, the victims were Hispanic, he said.
Investigators were called to the 1500 block of Victoria Road Tuesday of last week to what was first reported as a shooting, he said. When they arrived, victim Noe Romeo, 26, of 1594 Victoria Road, was found in a grassy area to the east side of a metal building believed to be a barn or stable, McMillen said. He had been stabbed under the left arm, the major said.
Romeo’s body was sent to Jackson for autopsy and then will be flown directly to Honduras, he said.
A witness on the scene gave investigators the identity of a possible suspect in the stabbing. The witness said the suspect left the scene in a dark red minivan driving at a high rate of speed, around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigators with the sheriff’s department and the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force U.S. Marshals Service conducted a search of the crime scene and moved to an area on Moore Road, Cayce Road and North Red Banks Road, McMillen said. During an early morning search Wednesday, authorities were able to locate the suspect in a dark colored van and after a chase, took him into custody in the 1900 block of Moore Road without incident.
The suspect, Jose Luis Lopez, 26, of 1594 Victoria Road, was arrested and appeared before circuit court judge John Gregory Monday of this week. He is being held without bond on the murder charge, according to McMillen.
He said investigators believe the victim and the suspect had argued about loud music several weeks ago and the victim, who lived in a shipping container behind the mobile home the suspect lived in, had asked the suspect to keep the music volume down.
A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing incident was recovered on a roadside in the area.
Homicides on Smith Grove Road
Two Hispanic males were found shot to death Saturday inside a 2006 Nissan Murano in a wooded area on Smith Grove Road, McMillen said. The location is about two miles off Highway 4 West.
Investigators arrived at the scene after people living nearby noticed the vehicle, went to investigate, saw the victims inside and called law enforcement.
The victims were shot multiple times based on the presence of numerous shell casings found near the vehicle, McMillen said. The double homicide was thought to have occurred during the overnight hours Friday.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Galicia Mansilla Edwin Estuardo of 2004 Orchard Drive, Greenbrier, Tenn., McMillen said, and the passenger was Erian Conejochavez of 6421 Highway 431 North, Springfield, Tenn.
“After the victims were shot, it appears the suspect or suspects tried to burn the vehicle,” he said.
Investigators are following some small leads and are asking anyone who has any information to contact the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 662-252-1311 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.
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