Hearing set for murder suspect; City, county have seen 11 murders from Jan. 1, 2015 to the present

Published 7:38 pm Saturday, October 29, 2016

A suspect in the first homicide of the year will go before a municipal court judge Tuesday for a bond hearing.

Travis Antonio Brinson

Travis Antonio Brinson

Travis Antonio Brinson, 21, of Brookhaven, was charged Wednesday with the murder of Lance “Tyrone” Mackbee, 25, who was found in a car on South Center Street around 3 a.m., where he was pronounced dead on the scene. He’d been shot multiple times.

Brinson, who’d heard Brookhaven police officers wanted to talk to him, went to the station to answer questions — not to turn himself in for the crime, Chief Bobby Bell said. Brinson was arrested on murder charges in Mackbee’s death.

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So far this year, Mackbee is the only homicide the city has seen, far lower than the 10 murders reported in the city and Lincoln County in 2015.

However, several cases from last year’s murders are still ongoing.

Aquarius Nelson

Cordarryl Bell is accused of the murder of Aquarius Nelson, who was killed Nov. 2, 2015. Bell, 24, of 510 East Congress Street, was indicted for the first-degree murder of Nelson and aggravated assault of Christopher Stringer in May.

Cordarryl Bell

Cordarryl Bell

Brookhaven police were dispatched to King’s Daughters Medical Center at 4:45 p.m. that November day in reference to a shooting. The 26-year-old victim, who lived on East Independence Street, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at KDMC that afternoon, according to police. The fatal shooting is alleged to have taken place on Walnut Street.

The murder was the seventh to occur in the city of Brookhaven last year.

Stringer, 39, was shot at his residence on North Egypt Circle and transported to KDMC in a personal vehicle sometime before 2:30 p.m. on that same day. Stringer was wounded in his leg.

Bell remained at large until Jan. 29, when he was arrested in Pennsylvania.

Tara Ashley Hudson

Jeremy Wayne Cupstid is expected to be arraigned Nov. 7 on the charge of second degree murder.

Jeremy Wayne Cupstid

Jeremy Wayne Cupstid

Police found Tara Ashley Hudson unresponsive after they answered a domestic violence call at 1:51 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2015. She was later pronounced dead.

An indictment issued Oct. 13 accuses Cupstid of striking Hudson with a blunt object.

The indictment suggests that the act was not premeditated, but did ultimately lead to Hudson’s death.

Unresolved murders

Several murders of 2015 remain unresolved.

Arrests have been made for the murders of Glen Mack, Kelcay Humphrey and Kimberly Brown Jones, but grand juries did not return an indictment.

Pierre Thomas was charged in Mack’s murder, Claudis D. Montgomery was charged in Humphrey’s murder and James Haines was charged in Jones’ murder. Each had a grand jury return a “no bill” for their charges, meaning the grand jury refused to indict them.

Humphrey, 25, died July 5 after being shot at Cloverdale Apartments. Police estimated that he was shot between eight and 12 times. Humphrey had been convicted of manslaughter for shooting a man at Cloverdale in 2008.

No arrests have been made in the case of Bridget London Hall, a 43-year-old single mother who died after being shot multiple times at close range in her Vivian Merritt Street home July 6, 2015. Witnesses said she was killed by someone who came to her door shortly after 10 p.m. at night.

Her shooting came scarcely 24 hours after Humphrey’s shooting and death.

Montgomery was charged with murder in Humphrey’s death the next day. Montgomery’s brother, Claude, was London Hall’s boyfriend, according to media reports.

Sharon London, of Birmingham, Alabama, believes her sister’s death was a warning to someone else. She thinks she died in retaliation for Humphrey’s death. Police have not confirmed or denied that the cases are related.

Resolved murders

Three other homicides that occurred in 2015 saw arrests soon after.

Jermaine and Jaliyah Sims

Jermaine Sims Sr. and his 9-year-old daughter, Jaliyah, were killed March 14, 2015, when a shooter opened fire on the Sims family, including Sims’ wife, Victoria, and their other two children at their South First Street home. The three were hospitalized for their injuries.

Police arrested Jimmy Lyons at the house, where he was living with the family at the time of the shootings. Police believe the shootings stemmed from an argument Lyons had with the Simses the day before. Lyons died later in jail.

Timothy Green

Fred Hill III is serving a life sentence at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. He was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Timothy Green, which occurred on Spur Lane April 2, 2015. He was arrested the same day.

Fred Hill III

Fred Hill III

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said the fatal shooting appeared to have stemmed from a dispute between Green and Hill.

Hill is also serving five years for shooting into a dwelling and five years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anyone with information about any of the unresolved cases is asked to call Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 601-833-5251 or CrimeStoppers at 601-823-0150. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.