Two teen murder suspects arrested at Mississippi hospital; four people charged with killing man, stealing his pants

Published 1:05 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Local law enforcement officials arrested two teenagers wanted for capital murder in Marshall County early Tuesday.

Deputies with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, an investigator with the Vicksburg Police Department and member of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force joined in the arrest, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said Wanzie Eugene Brown and Jemeka Katrina Thomas, both 18, were arrested on warrants charging them with capital murder in the robbery and shooting death of a man in Byhalia.

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Brown is being held in the Madison County Jail awaiting a return to Marshall County. Thomas is being held in the Warren County Jail for Marshall County authorities.

Although the warrant for Brown indicated he had a Southaven address, he gave police a Locust Street address in Vicksburg. Thomas has a Tennessee address, according to her warrant.

Brown and Thomas were arrested about 12:26 a.m. Tuesday without incident at Merit Health River Region, where Brown was with Thomas, who was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

The arrests followed a tip received by Vicksburg Police investigator Mario Grady, a member of the fugitive task force, that Brown was at the hospital. Grady was joined by deputies Sgt. Jeffie Tilley and Zach Primeaux, and detective Sam Winchester to make the arrest at the hospital.

After Brown was taken into custody, deputies stayed at the hospital with Thomas until she was released Tuesday morning. She was taken to the Warren County Jail.

Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said Brown and Thomas are two of four people involved in the robbery and shooting that occurred in a rural area about 5 miles south of Byhalia.

Dickerson said the other two suspects are in custody. One is in the Marshall County Jail and the other in Memphis awaiting extradition.

The four are accused of killing a man and taking his pants and wallet. The man’s wallet and pants were later found at one of the suspect’s house.