Investigations Underway

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The first murder of 2003 happened early Saturday morning in Philadelphia.

Responding to a call of a shooting at the corner of Rea Street and Bell Avenue, Philadelphia police found Darlynn Backstrom, 33, of Philadelphia, lying on the ground.

Backstrom had been shot several times with a large caliber handgun. He was taken to Neshoba General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Keith Sanders, 28, also of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with murder.

Philadelphia Police Chief David Edwards said the two men had been acquaintances and it may have resulted from a previous domestic dispute.

Meanwhile in Sumter County, Ala., the investigation continues into a weekend murder.

Around 11:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, Marco Shelton, 18, was found dead on Harris Road in Coatopa.

According to Sheriff Johnny Hatter, Shelton had been hit by a vehicle. Charged in the case is Anthony Mack, 24, also of Coatopa.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Department is also investigating an armed robbery that happened around 6:00 a.m. Monday at Long's Landing Convenience Store. No one was injured in the robbery.

The suspects are described only as three tall, slender Black males. No other description was available. Anyone with any information on any of these cases is asked to contact the authorities.