Man Charged in Carthage Killing

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A suspect is being held Wednesday in the beating death of a Leake County storeowner.

Sheriff Greg Waggoner said Sylvester Burkes, 22, of Lena, is charged with murder in the death of Peggy Nowell. His bond was set at $1 million.

The 57-year-old Nowell died Monday from injuries suffered from a beating Friday during a robbery at the Pearl Hill Mini Mart she co-owned near Carthage.

The attacker got away with the store's cash register. Waggoner said the investigation is continuing.