Meridian Star

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April 20, 2013

Police: Someone knows something

MERIDIAN —     If there is one aspect of the recent murder in Lauderdale County sheriff's department investigators are sure of is that there is someone out there, quite possibly someone they've already interviewed, that knows vital details that would lead to the arrest of the second suspect.

    Monday a motorist came across a murder scene that included a body lying on a gravel road and a truck with two men inside. One of those men, Jermaine Dashun Conner, 30, has been charged with murder of 34-year-old Antonio Dewayne Amerson. The identity of the second suspect is unknown, police said.

    "We are pretty sure that one or more persons we've talked to during this exhaustive investigation knows who this second person is," said Maj. Casey McElhenney, commander of the Lauderdale County Sheirff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division. "We are pretty sure the reason why they haven't told us all we need to know is they are scared. We understand that but also we to make clear we are trying to catch a person involved in a murder."

    Making matters more difficult is the fact authorities have not been able to find the gun allegedly used to fire two bullets into Amerson on Burrage Road. McElhenney said a lot of the evidence turned into the Mississippi State Crime Lab is still being analyzed.

    "We did recover some physical evidence from a road in the area of the crime scene that along with some other information strongly implicated Conner resulting in his arrest Thursday," McElhenney said. "But we have another piece of the puzzle we need to find."

    McElhenney stressed that the identity of anyone who calls Crime Stoppers and gives information will be kept in the strictest confidence. Crime Stoppers issues numbers and does not take names or other personal information that might otherwise identify the caller. McElhenney said the highest amount of reward, $1,000, is on the table for whomever gives the authorities that vital tidbit of information.

    Shortly after authorities began processing the murder scene Monday morning, investigators were tipped off that a truck parked behind a nearby church might be the one spotted at the crime scene. Conner was linked to the Ford pickup, investigators said.

    Conner was brought in and questioned. But after being held for 24 hours Conner was set free late Tuesday. McElhenney said two days later a deputy came across some physical evidence on a road in the Meehan area that again led investigators to Conner, who was brought in again Thursday and was ultimately charged.

    "We have worn ourselves out in this investigation," McElhenney said. "The investigators have gone the extra mile and normally all that work would result in more positive results but not this time. My hat is off to our investigators. But we aren't letting up."

    If you have information about this incident call Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.


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