Details emerge in botched burglary turned murder as trio of suspects turned over to grand jury

Published 9:13 pm Wednesday, August 21, 2019

“We have people that have identified him as being the person on the video with the gun and we have a dead female that was shot in her home during the same time that Mr. Anderson was in her house with a gun,” she said.

“But nobody saw anybody shoot anybody, did they?” he asked.

“No, sir,” she replied.

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Barrett argued $2 million bond is excessive given that one of the suspects identified as having a gun during the incident — Anderson — got only $1 million bond. He said Smith, who admitted he was at the scene that night, has family in Brookhaven and shouldn’t be considered a flight risk, though he was stopped at a Jackson airport after Newton’s death.

“He’s never not shown up for court, in fact I don’t think the young man has ever been in any trouble in his life,” Barrett said.

Henderson and Baker also unsuccessfully argued for lower bonds.

During testimony, Beacham admitted that none of the three men were swabbed for gunshot residue when they were placed in police custody. The state crime lab doesn’t process gun shot residue kits at the present time because of its backlog.