2 indicted for capital murder in ’16 death of MSU student

Published 8:53 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017

STARKVILLE (AP) — A special grand jury has indicted two men in the November 2016 death of a Mississippi State University student.

News outlets report 19-year-old Syboris A. Pippins and 21-year-old Jaylen Barker, both of Columbus, were indicted last week on capital murder charges in the Nov. 6, 2016 death of 21-year-old Joseph Tillman.

Starkville police say Tillman was robbed after interacting with a group of men for several minutes.

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Barker and Pippins were among five people arrested in the slaying last year. Two other men and a juvenile were charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. It’s unclear if the men have lawyers.