Man accused of setting fire to cover up killing of Mississippi woman and her 8-year-old son

Published 6:15 am Wednesday, October 11, 2023

A Mississippi man who is accused of shooting and killing a mother and her 8-year-old son is in custody.


Salento James Fulgham, 31, is accused of setting fire to a Scott County residence to cover up the shooting deaths of Zina Williams, 46, and her son Zacchaeus.

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Firefighters discovered the bodies after 9 p.m. Monday after responding to a fire on Wash Drive near Forest.

Officials with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office report that Williams was found with one gunshot wound. The boy was found to have been shot at least three times.


Fulgham reportedly had recently moved into the mobile home with Williams and her son. Fulgham and Williams worked together at a nearby Tyson plant in Forest and had been reportedly seen arguing at the plant.

Fulgham was arrested without incident by Lauderdale County authorities. Fulgham reportedly had a separate residence in Meridian.