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January 3, 2014

Arrest made in Newton County death

NEWTON COUNTY, Miss. — Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight says a 30-year-old man has been charged with murder in a New Year's Day fatal shooting.

Knight tells WTOK-TV in Meridian ( ) that Robert Payne is being held without bond pending an initial court appearance.

Knight says 27-year-old Tyrone Walters was shot in the early morning hours Wednesday and later died at a local hospital.

Knight says his investigators are trying to piece together exactly what led to this shooting, but he says it came after an argument.

The sheriff says it is unclear exactly how many people were around when the shooting took place. He says investigators are interviewing several people about the events leading up to the shooting.

It was unclear whether Payne has an attorney.


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