No charges filed yet in Sunday shooting in West Lincoln

Published 9:21 pm Monday, June 19, 2017

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal shooting — the 10th in the county this year — that happened Sunday in West Lincoln.

Cody A. Newell, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from King’s Daughters Medical Center, according to Lincoln County Deputy Coroner Ricky Alford.

Newell’s wife had extensive physical injuries, said Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing. She was taken to KDMC and later transferred to a hospital in Jackson, he said.

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He did not know her condition Monday night.

Deputies received the call at 12:40 a.m. Rushing said Newell’s wife went to her neighbor’s house and said she’d been physically assaulted and that she’d shot her husband in their home.

Deputies arrived on the scene and found Newell’s body.

He’d been shot at least once with a handgun, Alford said.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, Rushing said.

A preliminary search of reports show no prior calls to that residence, he said.

Rushing said no charges have been filed at this time.

“Once the investigation is complete the case will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for presentation to a grand jury per normal procedure,” he said.

The woman’s full name is being withheld at this time.

The county’s first homicide came in March. Evelyn Hanks, 81, called 911 March 18 requesting an ambulance at her residence on Furrs Mill Road near Lake Lincoln. Deputies and first responders found the woman in the living room and she’d been shot in the chest with a handgun. She told authorities her husband was in the bedroom and might be dead.

Her husband, Chester Hanks, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene. He’d also been shot with a handgun. Rushing said based on the information she provided deputies, the case is remains under investigation by as a murder-attempted suicide.

Eight people were fatally shot Memorial Day weekend allegedly by one suspect.