Photo by Sue Watson
From left are Sandra Bady, Maj. Kelly McMillen, Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, Eloise Bowen and Eric Hubbard.
At a Monday press conference, family members of three murder victims, along with sheriff Kenny Dickerson and Maj. Kelly McMillen, pled for tips that could solve cases in Marshall County.
The county is offering up to $15,000 in rewards for information that leads to the identification and conviction of suspects in five murders from 2015-2016.
“There are people out there who could clear up these homicides but they have not come forward,” McMillen said.
Dickerson said most of these homicides were, without question, related to gang activity and drugs.
“We must have sufficient evidence to prove a suspect committed a particular crime,” the sheriff said.
Parents of some of the victims pled for help in solving the murders of their loved ones. Others could not attend.
Eloise Bowen, mother of Jamon Moton whose body was found on Moore Road in Red Banks in 2016, urged people to provide information to authorities.
“If anyone out there knows who killed my son, please come forward,” she said.
The body of Will Phillips Jr. was found at the same time on Moore Road, Dickerson said.
Eric Hubbard lost his son Devin Hubbard in a Tyro Road murder in 2015.
“I’ve been looking for two years and 28 days for someone to come forward with information,” he said. “It’s painful.”
Sandra Bady lost her son Melvin Brown Jr. in a White Road murder in 2016.
“Please, please come forward,” she said. “It hurts so bad. I think about him every day.
“He played football and he was not a bad, bad boy.”
Mark Hooper’s body was found on Union Valley Road in 2016.
Dickerson held the press conference in an attempt to urge anyone who has any information that could help solve any of these homicides to call investigators at the sheriff’s department at 662-252-1311.
All information will be kept in strict confidence and callers do not have to leave their names. They will be given a case number so they can call and check with deputies or the sheriff on their case. When a suspect is arrested and convicted of the crime, the person will be confidentially given their reward money.
Dickerson said law enforcement relies on witnesses who know something or have seen something to give them leads in an unsolved criminal case.