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April 17, 2013

No arrests yet in county murder case

MERIDIAN —     A person of interest who was being held and questioned in the Monday morning shooting death of a Meridian man has been released as investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department continue the investigation.

    LCSD Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun said Tuesday afternoon the investigation into the death of Antonio Dewayne Amerson, 34, is ongoing as investigators try to find the person or persons responsible for the incident.

    "We are still running down several leads and although our initial person of interest didn't work out we are going to keep on pursuing this case at our best pace," said Calhoun.

    According to Sheriff Billy Sollie, a motorist came upon Amerson's body around 10 a.m. as it lay on a gravel section of Burrage Road in the Savoy area of Lauderdale County. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said a preliminary examination of the body at the scene showed Amerson had been shot once in the back. Cobler said the body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Jackson for an autopsy to be conducted.

    Calhoun said a man was taken into custody later Monday afternoon and held overnight for questioning. Calhoun said the man was released Tuesday afternoon without being charged.

    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.

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