Two arrested, another sought in local murder

Published 9:55pm Saturday, November 9, 2013

Two Brookhaven residents have been arrested in connection with the murder of a McComb man whose body was found on South Washington Street last week.

Karal Lyons
Karal Lyons

A third suspect also is being sought in connection with the case, according to Brookhaven Police Chief Bobby Bell.

Karal Sham Lyons, 28, of 401 Crooked Lane, has been charged with murder, and Mashonna Shanta Dunnigan, 37, of 334 East Minnesota St., has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact by the Brookhaven Police Department.

Both charges stem from the death of 28-year-old Cornelius D. Porter of 1013 Douglas Drive, McComb, whose body was found by Brookhaven police last Wednesday between 4:30-5 p.m.

Authorities are currently searching for Jerry Doss of Brookhaven as a suspect in connection with the case. Doss’ name appears on a Brookhaven Municipal Court affidavit released Friday that lists Dunnigan’s charges.

Mashonna Dunnigan
Mashonna Dunnigan

Saturday afternoon, Chief Bell confirmed Doss as a suspect in the murder investigation.

Dunnigan has been released from the Lincoln County jail on $20,000 bond, while Lyons was being held in the Lincoln County jail without bond as of Saturday afternoon.

Doss was previously arrested on a gambling charge in a September raid executed by the Brookhaven Police Department and the Southwest Mississippi Narcotics Unit that resulted in the recovery of 10 semi automatic firearms, six and a half ounces of cocaine and 25 ounces of marijuana. Doss was among 13 suspects arrested in the September raid.

Porter’s body was found by Brookhaven police Wednesday in an extended stretch of road off South Washington Street.

Jerry Doss
Jerry Doss

Lincoln County Deputy and Coroner’s Investigator John Riggs and officials with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation assisted with the initial stage of the investigation.

Chief Bell confirmed the deceased man was Porter earlier this week, after investigators at the crime lab in Jackson were able to determine the body’s identity. There were burns on the body, but further details were not available.