Suspect Found Dead

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The body of murder suspect Jerry W. Pearson, 48, was discovered around 12 noon Wednesday near his truck at a cemetery on Highway 80 west of Meridian.

Pearson had been sought since the Tuesday fatal shooting of John Anthony, 28, in a Meridian parking lot.

A visitor to the cemetery spotted Pearson's pickup and body and called 9-1-1.

"It appears it's going to be a self-inflicted wound," said Maj. Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. "However, we do have an ongoing death investigation. His body will be sent to Pearl for an autopsy."

The investigation into both deaths will continue by the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department and Meridian Police Department.