Meridian Star

April 16, 2013

Sheriff's department working homicide

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department are in the process of interviewing a person of interest who may be connected with the shooting death of a Meridian man Monday morning.

    Sheriff Billy Sollie said the subject was taken into custody early Monday afternoon after a telephone tip was received about a vehicle that may have been seen at the scene of the crime.

    "We got a call that a vehicle we were searching for was seen parked behind a church," said Sollie. "When we got the vehicle we did a check and located the person who we believe was seen in the vehicle at the place the body was discovered."

    Shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, Sollie said a motorist traveling down Burrage Road in the southwest part of Lauderdale County came across the body of a black man lying in the middle of the road. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler later identified the man as 34-year-old Antonio Dewayne Amerson of Meridian. Sollie said Amerson was killed by at least one gunshot wound to the back.

    Cobler said the body has been sent to the medical examiners office in Jackson for an autopsy.

    Sollie said the area in which Amerson's body was found was on the part of Burrage Road that is gravel. He said the first part of Burrage Road is pavement.

    Sollie said there possibly could be another person who is connected with the homicide. He said investigators are trying to locate that person.

    "We have the vehicle and the timeline. Now we just need to work out the details and get those involved into custody and charged," Sollie said.

    This is the first murder in Lauderdale County this year.

    If anyone has information pertaining to this crime they are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.