Ladarius Naylor in court, officials discuss domestic violence

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Murder suspect LaDarius Naylor made is first appearance in court Monday afternoon after being transported from Kemper County.

LaDarius Naylor didn’t have much to say at his initial hearing in Meridian, but officials say he had a lot to talk about when he was interviewed in Kemper County.

Kemper County Sheriff James Moore says LaDarius Naylor confessed to killing his wife in Meridian after finding something on her phone.

After the killing, Sheriff Moore says Naylor drove her body to Kemper County where he tried to set the car on fire with himself inside. Moore says Naylor decided to take Ariana’s body out of the car and then tried to get back in. Moore says this a domestic violence case. Something Leslie Payne with the Care Lodge sees a great deal of.

"When a victim attempts to change a relationship or leave a relationship, they are really at their most vulnerable. They are at risk for even more physical harm or even death," Payne says.

Payne says there are several warning signs when it comes to a potentially violent domestic situation.

“Extreme jealousy, where they are trying to isolate you from friends or family. Where their trying to change your behavior and trying to make you responsible for their behavior,” Payne explains.

Payne says Care Lodge offers a wide variety of help to those in violent situations.

“An area that we provide services in is domestic abuse protection order process. That is a very helpful item that victims can apply for,” Payne says.

LaDarius Naylor’s bond is set at $1 million.

The Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter can be reached at the following numbers:

Crisis Line: 601-693-4673
Community Services: 601-482-8719
Shelter Services: 601-483-8436