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John Albert Williams Jr.

Fifth suspect wanted in murder

• Four others in custody

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a fifth suspect in the murder of Jordan Stewart.

Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said John Albert Williams Jr., 19, of the 1300 block of French Road, Byhalia, is charged with capital murder in the case and is considered armed and dangerous.

He said a thorough search was conducted July 11 of the suspect’s home and yard.

“An assault rifle was recovered from beneath a mattress in the residence, along with several spent projectiles from the yard area, where apparently he, along with other defendants in the case, had been shooting handguns,” Dickerson said.

“An amount of marijuana was found. Plus investigators found clothing articles and backpacks, at least some of which are believed to have belonged to the victim in the case.”

The sheriff said all items were retained and have been sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab for forensic evidence as part of the ongoing murder investigation.

Dickerson said Williams is possibly in the Byhalia, Olive Branch, Memphis, Tenn., area. If he is spotted, call 911 immediately, he said, or if you have information as to his whereabouts, please call the sheriff’s department, 662-252-1311.

“Again, he is considered armed and dangerous,” the sheriff emphasized.

Stewart, 25, of Olive Branch, was found shot to death in a vehicle on June 29 at the end of Beechtree Cove, east of Warsaw in Marshall County.

Four other suspects in the case are already in custody.

Drenique Montgomery, 22, of the 4400 block of Seven Valley Cove, Memphis, is being held in the Marshall County jail on a capital murder charge, Dickerson said. A public defender has been appointed, and a preliminary hearing is set for July 22 in justice court. His bond is set at $1 million.

Wanzie Eugene Brown, 18, of the 700 block of Old Forge Road, Southaven, is being held in the Marshall County jail on a capital murder charge, Dickerson said. A prelimary hearing is set for July 22. His bond is set at $500,000.

Brianna Young, 18, of the 6000 block of Coral Way, Olive Branch, is also charged with capital murder and is being held in the Marshall County jail in connection with Stewart’s death, Dickerson said. Judge Mae Garrison ruled there is sufficient evidence to bind Young over to the Marshall County grand jury. Her bond is set at $100,000 with an order attached by Garrison that if she makes bond she will be required to wear an ankle monitor at all times.

Jemeka Katrina Thomas, 18, of the 1300 block of Mary Lane Avenue, Memphis, is being held in the Marshall County jail on a capital murder charge, Dickerson said. A premilinary hearing is scheduled for July 22. Her bond is set at $100,000, with the same ankle monitor provision as Young.

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